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8 Page Special Section 

pgs. 13-20 

Vol. 100 No. 4 

Sex & the College: A 
New Column 

page 11 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 

page 32 

Employee Health 
Care Re-Examined 

In Protest 


Staff Writer 

Proposed changes to the Mid- 
dlebury College health insurance 
system will require employees to 
cover a portion of their health in¬ 
surance costs. The amount an em¬ 
ployee will have to pay will be 
based upon a percentage of his or 
her salary. Workers most affected 
by these proposed changes are sin¬ 
gle full-time employees and two- 
employee households. Currently, 
neither group is required to con- 

Health Care Expenditures 

tribute anything towards their in¬ 

Middlebury began 2001 with 
$1.4 million in reserve for health 
care expenses, but by the end of the 
year the reserve had been com¬ 
pletely depleted and the account 
had incurred a $300,000 deficit. 

President John McCardell re¬ 
sponded by forming the Health In¬ 
surance Review Committee 
(HIRC) to propose significant 
changes to the health insurance 
system, under which all College 
employees are covered. The HIRC 
is comprised of representatives 
from the administration, the facul¬ 
ty and the staff of the College. 

The proposed change, which 


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will go into effect Jan. 1,2003 if ap¬ 
proved by the President, is to trans¬ 
form the health insurance plan into 
what is known as a “universal-pro¬ 
gressive plan.” 

Middlebury College is not alone 
in trying to compensate for rapid¬ 
ly rising health insurance costs. Ac¬ 
cording to Professor of Political 
Science David Rosenberg, a mem¬ 
ber of the HIRC, “The health in¬ 
surance problem is national,” and 
the primary problem resides with 
the United States government pro¬ 
viding increasingly lower reim¬ 
bursement rates for Medicare and 
Medicaid. Other factors exacerbat¬ 
ing the health insurance crisis are 
the inflation of medication costs, 
aggressive and expensive market¬ 
ing campaigns by drug companies 
and more costly medical technolo¬ 
gy services. 

Rising prescription drug costs 
posed the most significant prob¬ 
lem for Middlebury’s current poli¬ 
cy. In 1999 the drug plan cost the 
College $641,648, but by 2001 the 
price nearly doubled to $1,207,990. 
The increased cost for prescription 
drugs is due to heavy use of the 
newest and most expensive brand- 
name prescription medications, 
which are marketed by drug com¬ 
panies that spend millions of dol¬ 
lars on advertising campaigns, dri¬ 
ving up the price of their products. 
The College’s prescription drug 
costs have increased beyond the 
national average. This inflation is 
attributed to the generosity of 
Middlebury’s current benefit plan 
compared with those of other col¬ 
leges and local employers. The Col¬ 
lege’s plan also does not offer in¬ 
centives to buy the significantly 
less expensive generic versions of 

Currently, Middlebury’s health 
(see Healthy, page 6) 

Blake Whitman 

Standing in front of adversity, Asa Thomas Train '05 poses in front of riot police during demonstra¬ 
tions held in Washinton, D.C. Protesters came from around the United States to vocalize their senti¬ 
ments against the IMP and World Bank. 

Middlebury Qraduate 
Campaign Finance All the 

Sends His Opinion of 
Way to the Supreme Court 


Local News Editor 

Middlebury alumnus and U.S. 
District Court Judge William K. 
Sessions III spoke at the College on 
Monday evening to a mixed audi¬ 
ence of faculty, students, town res¬ 
idents and local political candi¬ 
dates. Sessions joined a 
lecture/question-and-answer ses¬ 
sion sponsored by the Political Sci¬ 
ence Department regarding his re¬ 
cent ruling on campaign finance 
laws in Vermont. 

Professor of Political Science 
David Rosenberg opened the talk 
with a short biography outlining 
Sessions’ time as a Middlebury stu¬ 
dent (he graduated in 1969), public 
defender for the state of Vermont 
and current role as federal court 

judge. In his opening, Rosenberg 
admonished against any referrals to 
Sessions’ recent, and highly contro¬ 
versial, ruling on the unconstitu- 

Judge Sessions 

tionality of the Federal Death 
Penalty Act of 1994 (see article, 
“Death of the Death Penalty,” page 
8 ). 

Sessions spoke on the multi¬ 
faceted nature of campaign finance 
reform, and his role as an inter¬ 
preter of law within the bounds of 
the Constitution and previous 
Supreme Court precedent. As he 
described it in his speech, Sessions 
looked at the Vermont case Landell 
v. Brunelle to review Vermont’s Act 
64, a campaign finance reform law, 
using precedents set by the 
Supreme Court case Buckley v. 
Valeo. Buckley v. Valeo was a 1976 
case in which issues of campaign fi¬ 
nance reform came under scrutiny 
for violation of freedoms protected 
under the First Amendment. Of 
particular concern were the free¬ 
doms of association (or assembly) 
and speech. Sessions ruled that, 
while limiting contributions made 

to candidates by private individuals 
or political action committees is 
acceptable within the guidelines set 
by Buckley v. Valeo, limiting the 
contributions made by political 
parties to particular candidates de¬ 
fies the First Amendment right to 
freedom of association. As Sessions 
described the history of his deci¬ 
sion, the theory behind this ruling 
lay in the belief that to set unrealis¬ 
tic limits on campaign contribu¬ 
tions by political parties would 
constrict the effect of these parties 
to such a degree as to “destroy po¬ 
litical parties as we know them.” 
This, Sessions determined, would 
violate those same organizations’ 
rights to existence as protected by 
the First Amendment. 

(see Campaign Finance, page 8) 

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Wednesday, October 2,2002 


Assistant News Editor 

Explosive Discovery at U. Montana 

A sophomore at the University of Montana was arrested last Wednes¬ 
day night after Public Safety officers discovered explosives in his dorm 
room. The student, Dereck Stairs, has been charged with felony posses¬ 
sion of explosives. 

Public Safety officers, responding to a call from two resident assistants 
in Stairs* dorm, found a prescription bottle filled with gun powder, with 
a hole in the lid and a fuse next to it, primer blasting caps and match- 
stick heads in the microwave of Stairs* room. After Stairs was arrested he 
was turned over to the Missoula Police Department. 

Director of Residence Life Ron Brunell commented that the incident 
was “the most disturbing incident to happen in the dorms this year” and 
one of the worst in the 15 years he has been in his position. 

According to court records, Stairs admitted to the Public Safety offi¬ 
cers that the explosive device was his. The Resident Assistants called se¬ 
curity when they saw Stairs walk into the dorm carrying what appeared 
to be shotgun shells or dynamite, and an electric cord with exposed 

Another unidentified suspect was detained, questioned and then re¬ 

Stairs will appear in District Court for his preliminary hearing on Oct. 
10. The penalty for possessing explosives is up to 20 years in prison and 
a $50,000 fine. 

Source: U-Wire 

Columbia Turns to a More Scientific Course 

A new science course built with the purpose of introducing students 
to modern topics in science, is being considered as an addition to the 
core curriculum at Columbia University. 

The currently unnamed course will cover subjects ranging from cos¬ 
mology to genetics. Its main purpose, according to David J. Helfand, the 
Columbia astronomer heading the campaign to establish the course as a 
requirement, is to teach students “scientific habits of mind.” 

The core curriculum, which was established over 80 years ago, has 
placed a strong emphasis on the humanities. Students are required to 
take seven prescribed courses in various fields of the humanities, and 
while they are also required to take science courses, there is no one re¬ 
quired course. 

A pilot program will start sometime this month. The course will dif¬ 
fer from the other core courses in that instead of being limited to 22 stu¬ 
dents to facilitate discussion, they will mostly be large, weekly lectures 
given by leading researchers 

Kathryn B. Yatrakis, dean of academic affairs for Columbia Universi¬ 
ty, says that while it is not certain that the course will be added next fall, 
she is hoping and thinking that it will, though it is dependent on the re¬ 
sults of the evaluations of the pilot course. 

Source: The New York Times 

Early Vacation Rumors Dry Up at UVA 

Despite rumors that Charlottesville, Va., reservoirs might dry up in 88 
days, there are no plans for classes at the University of Virginia (UVA) to 
end early. Rumors of the university closing for Christmas break around 
Thanksgiving were so widespread last week that college officials sent out 
a campus-wide e-mail denying plans to send students home early in 
order to conserve water. 

Though not drastic enough to warrant sending all 18,000 members of 
the student body home early, the water shortage in Charlottesville is 
causing no shortage of alarm. UVA*s water is supplied by the municipal 
system, whose reservoirs are at 54.1 percent of capacity. According to city 
officials, unless rain falls and water usage practices are not changed sig¬ 
nificantly, the reservoirs will dry out in three months. 

The effects of the water shortage have definitely been seen on cam¬ 
pus; university workers have been around campus changing shower- 
heads and faucets, closing pools and fountains, turning down air condi¬ 
tioning and setting up portable toilets at the stadium. Also over the 
summer break water-conserving washing machines were installed in 
dormitories and the dining halls are using paperware to avoid dish¬ 

Though water use has decreased by a third since the city and univer¬ 
sity instituted mandatory restrictions, it has not been enough. The mu¬ 
nicipal government is asking UVA and other customers to reduce water 
use by an additional 20 percent and is increasing water rates to encour¬ 
age conservation. Officials say, however, that closing the university is in¬ 
cluded only in “doomsday scenarios.” University officials said that the fall 
classes and exams would end as planned, 82 days from now. 

Source: The Washington Post 

Quote of the Week: That seems like the sort of thing that happens in high school but hardly at a distinguished 
institution of higher learning. 

—Andrew Carnabuci *06, on the misreading of the SGA election results 
that had incorrectly announced him as a senator for the class of 2006 




Staff Writer 

Last Thursday, at 10:45am, a win¬ 
dow in one of the Twilight Hall 
classrooms fell from its frame and 
smashed into the room. Students 
who were taking philosophy in 
room 110 had just been dismissed, 
and consequentially no one was in¬ 

Evidently, it was a rather unex¬ 
pected occurrence. Contemporary 
Moral Issues had just finished and 
the class’s twenty-five students, 
mainly seniors, were handing in 
their assignments as they left the 
room. It was at that moment that the 
window fell in, and the broken glass 
littered the floor. As one senior who 
wished to remain anonymous 
noted, they were all "pretty 
stunned." For this student in partic¬ 
ular, it was a fairly unpleasant shock. 
She watched as the glass shattered 
over the desk that she had just left. 
"I had just gotten up from there," 
she noted, thankful that no one had 
been hurt. 

Julia Randall 

The Twilight window that crashed 
into the classroom. 

Facilities management replaced 
the glass and carried out an inspec¬ 
tion. Jon Woodbury, director of fa¬ 
cilities management, explained 
what they discovered to be the 
cause of the accident: The jam, 
which is what the window sits in, 
came lose, thereby allowing the 
window to fall. A clip that secures 
the window into the jam had bro¬ 
ken, but the break was not notice¬ 
able. Furthermore, a chalkboard 
eraser was discovered at the bottom 
of the frame, therefore loosening 
the jam even more. 

Nevertheless, swift action was 
taken to ensure that all windows in 
the building are safe. Facilities Man¬ 
agement responded immediately, 
inspected all windows and placed 
safety clips on them. In the future, 
windows are to be monitored so as 
to identify ahead of time any future 
problems. Through these measures 
it is hoped that any future repetition 
of this incident may be averted. 

Scott Ritter 


Staff Writer 

Crowds gathered outside the 
Center for the Arts Concert Hall as 
it quickly filled to capacity. Mobs of 
disappointed students were turned 

The occasion for this chaos was a 
guest lecture by Scott Ritter, former 
chief inspector of the United Na¬ 
tions Special Commission to Iraq. 

“We were quite surprised by the 
turnout, which I believe was fueled 
by Mr. Ritter’s multiple television 
appearances the week prior to his 
Middlebury visit,” said Allison 
Stanger, associate prolessor of polit¬ 
ical science and director of the Cen¬ 
ter for International Affairs. 

To accommodate the “larger- 
than-anticipated” interest and to 
appease turned-away students, two 
screenings of the videotape of Rit¬ 
ter’s lecture took place in Dana Au¬ 
ditorium last week. 

“The screenings were both well 
attended, so it seems to have been a 
good call, but even if they had been 
attended by an audience of one, it 
still would have been the right thing 
to do under the circumstances,” 
Stanger said. 

The Middlebury College Model 
United Nations and the Center for 
International Affairs also co-spon¬ 
sored an open forum to further fa¬ 
cilitate interest in policy towards 
Iraq on the evening of Thursday, 
Sept. 26. Taking place in the Robert 
A. Jones House Conference Room, 
the forum was the first in what is to 
become a monthly event entitled, 
“Dessert and Politics.” 

Approximately 25 students at¬ 
tended the forum, moderated by 
Associate Professor of Political Sci¬ 
ence Mark Williams. A panel of vol¬ 
untary student speakers presented 
three diverse plans of action to¬ 
wards Iraq, including unilateral ac¬ 
tion, multilateral action and alter¬ 
natives to invasion. Informal 
debate, discussion and questioning 
followed the presentation of views. 

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Parking Soon 


Staff Writer 

The construction of a new park¬ 
ing lot behind the CFA will be com¬ 
pleted by the end of this week. 
When finished, the lot will provide 
99 new spaces for faculty, staff, and 
event parking. 

In accordance with the permit 
issued by the Town Planning Com¬ 
mission, student parking will not 
be allowed in these spaces. Addi¬ 
tional student spaces were added 
this year at the expanded ridgeline 
area (95 spaces) and the C-lot (40 

“The goal of all of these pro¬ 
jects,” says Mark Gleason of Facili¬ 
ties Planning, “is to minimize the 
impact of parking spaces lost as a 
result of Atwater and Library con¬ 

Several items remain to be com¬ 
pleted, including the installation of 
new light fixtures along the parking 
lot’s outer rim, the seeding of new 
topsoil areas, the transplantation of 
12 Linden trees and the implanta¬ 
tion of 67 new trees. In conjunction 
with the new lot, improvements are 
being made to two crosswalks, 
those at the intersections of Route 
30 and Porter Field Road and Route 
30 and Stewart Hill Road. A side¬ 
walk, parallel to Porter Field Road, 
will run from Route 30 to the new 
lot, making it easier and safer for 
people to reach their cars. 

The College intended for con¬ 
struction of the new lot and cross¬ 
walks to be completed by the be¬ 
ginning of fall term. A delay in 
permitting, however, resulted in a 
later start date than anticipated. 

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Tim McCahill 
Managing Editor 
Elizabeth Logue 
Associate Editors 
Jon White 

Andy Zlmmermann 
News Editors 
Lindsey Whitton 
Pierce Graham-Jones 
Andrea Gissing 

Local News Editor 
Julie Shumway 

Opinions Editors 
Amine Bouchentouf 

Features Editors 
Gale Berninghausen 
Matt Christ 
Bob Wainwright 
Arts Editors 
Kate Prouty 
Abbie Beane 
Sports Editor 
Nick Ferrer 
Kate Nerenberg 

Photo Editors 

Louisa Conrad 
Vlad Lodoaba 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 


Page 3 

National Recession 
Hits College Families 

Vlad Lodoaba 

Peeking through the Proctor pumpkins, a child enjoys the atmost- 
phere at the Fall Family Weekend picnic on Proctor terrace. 

have applied for aid. Thus, need is 
not a factor in the decision to either 
except or deny an applicant. Only 
after decisions have been made 
does the aid staff meet the deter¬ 
mined need of accepted students. 
According to Donaghey,“There is a 
very strong commitment to [need- 
blind admissions] throughout the 

College, up to and including the 

President John McCardell 
echoed this statement and added 
that for Middlebury to abandon 
need blind admissions “economic 
conditions would have to be 
calamitous. The College places the 
highest priority on this policy.” 


Staff Writer 

The current economic recession 
in the United States is making it 
harder to fund a college education 
for many students and families. 
Middlebury College has seen an in¬ 
crease in financial aid requests, but 
the administration is still firmly 
committed to a need-blind admis¬ 
sions policy. 

Tuition costs nationwide have 
risen at twice the inflation rate 
since the early 1990s. Despite the 
ballooning tuition, college enroll¬ 
ment in the last decade has in¬ 
creased as well. Sixty-three percent 
of high school graduates are now 
pursuing a higher education, a 3 
percent increase over the last ten 

Throughout most of the late 
1990s the economy was strong 
enough to support most people 
seeking higher education through 
aid, scholarships and loans, but 
with the economy taking a down¬ 
turn, paying for college is becom¬ 
ing more difficult. 

The economic downturn can 
often cut a household’s income, 
simply making all expenses, tuition 
included, more difficult to fulfill. 
This means that more people seek 
financial aid from schools, which in 
turn puts a strain on a college’s 
budget. A budget strain can lead 
schools to increase tuition, spiral¬ 
ing the problem ever further. In the 
last decade need-based financial 
aid was the single largest expendi¬ 
ture for private institutions across 
the country. 

Public universities are hit espe¬ 
cially hard by an economic reces¬ 
sion. When states bring in less 
money than expected from tax rev¬ 
enue, they often cut money for 
public universities. 

“We had a 10 percent tuition in¬ 

crease. The reason is because of the 
state budget cuts due to the eco¬ 
nomic downturn,” Mark Rosati of 
the University of Illinois, Chicago 
said to 

“Twenty to 30 years ago you had 
at least about 50 percent of operat¬ 
ing funding come from the state, 
and now we’re at about a third. So 
the difference is made up in tuition 
revenue,” Steve McLaughlin, dean 
of students at the University of 
Wisconsin, Parkside, also told 

At Middlebury College the re¬ 
cession has been felt, but not as 
acutely as at most public universi¬ 
ties. “We did see an increase in the 
need of our currently enrolled stu¬ 
dents that appears to be directly re¬ 
lated to the current economy,” said 
Robert Donaghey, director of fi¬ 
nancial aid at Middlebury College. 

The College has reacted by in¬ 
creasing the aid budget beyond 
what was expected to meet the 
greater need. “We needed to add to 
the grant budget to cover the in¬ 
creased need of our currently en¬ 
rolled students 

“I believe the majority of our 
families have done everything they 
could to anticipate the cost of col¬ 
lege but could not anticipate what 
has happened to the economy in 
the past year 

“I am pleased that the College 
was willing to step in to help fami¬ 
lies to make it possible for the stu¬ 
dents to continue to study at Mid¬ 
dlebury,” said Donaghey. 

Fortunately, the increased aid 
does not seem to be affecting much 
of the College’s finances or policies. 
Middlebury operates under a need- 
blind admissions process and has 
every intention of keeping that pol¬ 
icy in order. During the admissions 
process the admissions staff is not 
informed as to which applicants 

I want to become a doctor.” 

Blasting Into Atwater 

‘I don’t have the 
required courses 
for medical school.” 

The Johns Hopkins Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program 
prepares college graduates with strong academic records tor 
acceptance to the best medical schools by giving them the 
personal attention, necessary science and math courses, 
and one-to-one academic advising. 


_ Staff Writer _ 

Upon completion of Ross 
Commons this fall, work was 
well underway on the improve¬ 
ment of another commons, At¬ 


This marks the second series of 
construction projects undertaken 
by the College to enhance resi¬ 
dential life at Middlebury. The 
building of two new senior resi¬ 
dence halls and a dining hall for 
the commons is being overseen by 
Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. of Boston. 

The overhaul of Atwater Com¬ 
mons, which currently includes 
Allen and Coffrin Halls as well as 
Le Chateau, should be finished by 
autumn of 2004. The new resi¬ 
dence halls will house 150 upper- 
class students in the form of three, 
four and five-room suites. The 
dining hall, which, according to 
Atwater Dean Scott Barnicle, will 
have a roof situated close to 
ground level and covered in plants 
so as to mesh with the surround¬ 
ing environment, will have room 
for approximately 225 people. 

The new spaces will also pro¬ 
vide picturesque panoramas for 
diners and inhabitants alike. Since 
the new buildings are to be erect¬ 
ed between Allen and Coffrin and 
further away from the center of 
campus, they will have unob¬ 
structed views of the Green 

While aesthetic appeal is cer¬ 
tainly a factor, it is clear that plan¬ 
ners have not lost sight of the 
main objective. “The goal here,” 
explained Barnicle, “is to create a 
recognizable community. When 
students eat, it is not that they will 
eat here all the time, but they will 
usually stay near home. The new 
decentralized dining will give 
people a set of friendly faces.” 

Pursue your dream of being a doctor and apply by March 1 

For more information, visit 
or call 410-516-7748 



Premedical Program 


Staff Writer 

Edinburgh — Call it Take 
Back Vermont, only Scottish 

Edinburgh may sit an 
ocean’s distance from the po¬ 
larizing civil unions bill, but 
the late nineties saw an equal¬ 
ly charged debate unfold here. 
Three hundred years after 
Scottish Parliament was 
merged with Westminster, the 
people of this compact nation 
sought to reclaim their Legis¬ 
lature and assert a national 
identity apart from England. 
Complex diplomatic maneu¬ 
vering and a surge in public 
activism made it possible. 

Ken Farquharson, then po¬ 
litical editor of the Daily 
Record , said his newspaper 
“became a propaganda rag 
for the yes, yes vote.” He’s re¬ 
ferring to the sweeping public 
referendum that officially re¬ 
instated the Scottish Parlia¬ 
ment — vote yes for Parlia¬ 
ment, and yes again to give it 
tax-levying powers. 

The Daily Record was a 
voice among many. 

In what became a collec¬ 
tive rallying cry, the Scottish 
press campaigned hard for 
the Parliament, often shun¬ 
ning the conventions of jour¬ 
nalistic objectivity for the 
cause. “It’s an issue of nation¬ 
al self-determination,” said 
Farquharson. “It’s difficult to 
be neutral.” 

So after receiving a man¬ 
date from the people, Scottish 
Parliament reawakened. It is 
now empowered to legislate 
on environmental policy, 
healthcare and education, yet 
foreign affairs and defense re¬ 
main reserved for Westmin¬ 

Opening day was met with 
pomp and pageantry befitting 
of the occasion. Her Majesty 
the Queen offered the royal 
blessing, and Edinburgh- 
born actor Sean Connery ar¬ 
rived in full Highlands dress. 

“We’ve waited 300 years for 
this, and it can’t be more mo¬ 
mentous than that,” thun¬ 
dered the one-time James 
Bond. He even called the Par¬ 
liament’s opening “the most 
important day of my life.” 

In its inaugural session, 
Scottish Parliament has 
passed reams of legislation — 
almost an attempt to com¬ 
pensate for 300 years of dor¬ 

It extended free personal 
care for the elderly, and later 
abolished university tuition 
fees. And in an assertion of 
egalitarian spirit, it even nul¬ 
lified Former Prime Minister 
Margaret. Thatcher’s subtle 
(see Middlebury , page 6) 

Page 4 


Wednesday, October 2,2002 

2002 Senate Elections Rocky 

Multiple problems arose during the 2002-2003 
Student Government Association (SGA) senate elec¬ 
tions. Only four out of the thirteen elections last 
Thursday and Friday were competitive. Six senators 
won uncontested and three positions remain unfilled. 

During the election an electronic glitch caused vot¬ 
ing to be suspended and all votes already cast were 
lost. When the election was over, the Class of 2005 was 
told that the wrong person had won. 

According to the SGA constitution, every Middle- 
bury College class is represented by two elected sen¬ 
ators, but this year only one candidate ran for the po¬ 
sition in both the classes of 2003 and 2004. Nobody 
ran in the Class of 2002.5. 

SGA President Ginny Hunt ’03 said she is not con¬ 
cerned about the lack of candidates for certain posi¬ 
tions, since some members of the junior and senior 
classes had decided to run for the commons senate 
position or apply for SGA committees instead of rep¬ 

resenting their class in the senate. 

Another election is scheduled for this Thursday to 
fill the remaining positions. 

On Friday Ann Hanson, dean of student affairs, 
misread the election results for the Class of 2005. The 
e-mail announcing the results led students to believe 
that Andrew Carnabuci ’06 had been elected class 
senator, when in fact Caleb Consenstein was the elect¬ 
ed representative for the Class of 2006. A second e- 
mail, sent to all first-years on Sept. 29, alerted the 
community of the mistake but left Carnabuci disen¬ 

“I was obviously disappointed by the news and 
slightly astonished the wrong vote count could be cer¬ 
tified,” Carnabuci commented. “That seems like the 
sort of thing that happens in high school but hardly 
at a distinguished institution of higher learning. Re¬ 
gardless, if I didn’t actually get the majority of the 
votes, I have no mandate for the office.” 

Ross Commons 

Fahim Orew Lauren 

Ahmed Pugsley Curatolo 

Brainerd Commons 

Jillian Everty 
66 voles 

First-Year Election 


The Campus did not obtain the statis¬ 
tics shown in these charts directly 
from the SGA. An e-mail from the 
SGA Elections Committee to the can¬ 
didates was forwarded to the news¬ 
paper by a candidate.The SGA's inter- 
pratation of The Ahmed Elections 
Verification Amendment of2002 
restricts the number of people who 
have access to voting results. 

Votes Received 

Trends in Candidate 
Platforms Expose Issues 

Certain student issues and con¬ 
cerns emerged in multiple candi¬ 
date platforms, spanning the dif¬ 
ferent classes and commons. 
These platform features indicate 
the pivotal student concerns in 
the fall of 2002. 

Many senate candidates men¬ 
tioned the current dining situa¬ 
tion in their 
platforms. They 
paid specific re¬ 
gard to the 
heavy accumu¬ 
lation of stu¬ 
dents at Ross Dining Hall on 

Some candidates, such as 
Mallika Rao, who ran in vain for 
senate representation of the Class 
of2005, proposed that Proctor 
stay open on the weekends to ac¬ 
commodate diners. S. Kathri 
Schwesinger ’06 traveled to each 
first-year dorm room on campus, 
handing out flyers promoting her 
idea of Gatorade in the dining 


Student parking concerns were 
also included in multiple senate 
platforms, especially in those for 
the Class of 2005. Sophomores 
claimed that their class was the 
most affected by the College’s new 
parking rules and regulations. 

Another trend, more specifical¬ 
ly among upper¬ 
classmen, showed 
an interest in revis¬ 
ing the citation pol¬ 
icy, or even creating 
an on-campus bar. 

Many of the successful candi¬ 
dates focused on these issues and 
concerns. They all found it just as 
important, however, to connect 
with voters and impart a sense of 
their experience and personali¬ 
ties. Fahim Ahmed ’03, the new 
representative for Ross Com¬ 
mons, concluded his extensive list 
of leadership experience with his 
catch phrase, “VOTE? FA’ WHO? 
Fa Him!” 

Sophomores claim 
that their class is the 
most affected by the 
new parking rules. 

Sophomore Election 

Christopher Gros; 

90 100 

Votes Received 

Middlebury Student Government Unveiled and Explained 

Louisa Conrad 

SGA President Ginny Hunt ’03 and SCCOCC Ben LaBolt ‘03 
conference outside of Old Chapel. _ 

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Thursday, October 3, 2002 
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The Senate 

- A body of 17 students elected by the student body 

- Every Middlebury student has the ability to elect five 
senators to represent him/her: The president, the stu¬ 
dent co-chair of community council (SCCOCC) two class 
senators and a commons senator. 

- Senators are authorized to draft, present and vote on 

-The president and SCCOCC are normal voting mem¬ 
bers of the Senate. 

- When a senate majority enacts a bill, the bill becomes 
the official opinion of the student body 

The Cabinet 

- A body of 15 students, appointed by the president in 
the spring. 

Each member is a specialist on a certain campus issue 
and is in contact with all individuals involved with that 

- Members serve as researchers and advisors to the pres¬ 
ident, SCCOCC and student senate. 

- The president chairs the cabinet and is in close contact 
with all the members 

- Cabinet meetings are closed sessions and intended as 
brainstorming, idea-generating meetings. 

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How One Idea 
Becomes the 
Official Student 
Body Opinion 

A student comes up with an 
idea and tells one of his or 
her SGA senators. 

The senator works on the 
idea in conjunction with 
other senators. Eventually 
they write it into a bill. 

The senators run the bill by 
the Cabinet, who helps 
them fine-tune the idea and 
talk to the right people on 

The senators present the 
bill to the Senate and the 
Senate votes on it. 

If the bill is approved by a 
senate majority then the 
idea becomes the official 
word oof the student body. 

This page compiled by L.Whitton, 
RGraham-Jones and A. Apostolatos 
Page 5 compiled by A. Gissing and R. 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 


Page 5 

Newly Elected Senators 

Rick Lutjens, Senator for Class of *03 

Fahim Ahmed, Ross Representative 

Rick Lutjens, this year’s Class of 2003 senator, 
hails from Winter Park, FI. An avid hiker, fisher and 
explorer of haunted houses, he served as his high 
school’s senior class president. He was an SGA sen¬ 
ator during his first-year and sophomore years at 
Middlebury. This year he plans to focus on issues 
such the campus “lockdown,” and senior academic 

Fahim Ahmed, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, is a senior 
who has been on the SGA Senate for four years. Rep¬ 
resenting Ross Commons his sophomore and junior 
years, he started out as Senator for Milliken first-year. 
He has also served as co-chair of Ross Commons 
Council, as the SGA Chair of Ratification Committee 
and Chair of the Finance and Constitution Appeals 
Committee. This year he plans to create an on-cam¬ 
pus bar, reevaluate the dorm-damage charge policy, 
create a commons based forum and extend the hours 
of the Midd Rides. 

Erin Sullivan, Senator for Class of ’04 

Erin Sullivan, from Lake Forest, Ill., is the senator 
for the Class of 2004. Her previous governing expe¬ 
rience at Middlebury includes being a sophomore 
senator, a member of the Community Council and 
serving on several Community Council sub-com¬ 
mittees. As this year’s junior class senator she plans 
on tackling issues regarding the citation policy, 
study abroad policy, environmental initiatives, as 
well as promoting student interaction in the imple¬ 
mentation of the Enhanced Campus Access System. 

Alfonso Maravar, Brainerd Representative 

Sophomore Alfonso Maravar is the Brainerd 
Commons representative in the SGA this year. Orig¬ 
inally from Caracas, Venezuela, Maravar moved to 
Miami, FL, where he was vice-president of his fresh¬ 
man, junior and senior classes at Trinity-Palmer 
High School. He hopes to create more transparency 
between students living in Brainerd and the SGA, 
and bring more activities and commons sponsored 
trips to all “’nardians.” His hobbies include playing 
soccer, fencing and writing short stories. 

Eric Fraser, Senator for Class of *05 

Andrea LaRocca, Atwater Representative 

Andrea LaRocca, a sophomore feb from Sparta, 
N.J., will represent Atwater in the SGA. At Middle¬ 
bury she is a soccer player and a staff writer for The 
Campus. An English major and biology and teacher’s 
education double-minor, she was involved in her 
high school student government, as president of the 
school her senior year. LaRocca also held a seat on 
the New Jersey State Student Council Executive 
Board in 1999 serving as the representative and liai¬ 
son to the New Jersey Board of Education. 

Eric Fraser is one of this year’s sophomore sena¬ 
tors. From New Canaan, Ct., Fraser was on the Student 
Coalition at New Canaan High School for his four 
years there, acting as class president for his sopho¬ 
more, junior and senior years. At Middlebury he is ac¬ 
tive in intramural sports, plays golf and is a tour guide. 
His plans for this year includes organizing regular 
meetings for the Class of 2005 in order to integrate 
student voice into the SGA, and reviews of the citation 
policy, the commons system, student parking and din¬ 
ing issues. 

Emily Lam, Senator for Class of *05 

Born and raised in New York City, Emily Lam, the 
second sophomore senator, has held various leader¬ 
ship positions in student organizations in high 
school, and served at Middlebury as a first-year sen¬ 
ator. Her interests include swimming and watching 
independent Spanish films. This year she hopes to re¬ 
vise the citation policy, initiate a sophomore “Quali¬ 
ty of Life” campaign, and push for a shuttle bus for 
off-campus events. 

Neil Onsdorff, IHC Representative 

Neil Onsdorff will be this year’s Inter House Coun¬ 
cil representative to the SGA. A senior from Summit, 
N.J., Onsdorff has been on Middlebury’s football and 
rugby teams. A member of the Community Council 
his junior year, Onsdorff plans on voicing the need to 
protect the social and academic interest house rights. 
He plans on ensuring that the reevaluation of the so¬ 
cial house policies is carried out in a fair and just man¬ 
ner, and hopes to act as the voice between the various 
houses and the SGA. 

Caleb Consenstein, Senator for Class of ’06 

Caleb Consenstein, one of this year’s two first-year 
class senators, is a “decent kid” from Syracuse, N.Y. 
who does not know much about the proceedings of 
the SGA at the present time but is ready to rectify that 
situation. His wide range of hobbies and interests in¬ 
cludes sports, music, drama, making people laugh, 
empathizing with others and enjoying life in gener¬ 
al. While he has not revealed his action plan for this 
year, preferring to not make promises that cannot be 
guaranteed, he does plan on meeting all the people 
he can and hearing their views and opinions. 

Erik Mandell, Wonnacott Representative 

Wonnacott’s SGA representative, Erik Mandell, is 
a sophomore Feb. from Sharon, Mass. Involved in 
student government all four years of high school, and 
being a member of its executive board his senior 
year, Mandell also was a student liaison between his 
high school and the local school committee during 
his senior year. Choosing between Enviromental 
Studies and Geography as a major at Middlebury 
Mandell has been a Mountain Club guide and a Mid¬ 
dlebury Outdoor Orientation leader. 

Kathrin Schwesinger, Senator for Class of ’06 

The second first-year senator is Kathrin 
Schwesinger, from Bad Homburg, Germany. Her 
hobbies include photography and being actively 
involved in student government. Schwesinger took 
part in her student government body at her school 
in Germany before attending Choate her junior 
year. As a first-year senator, she hopes to improve 
the communication between the SGA and student 

Juan Pena, Cook Representative 

Juan Pena, this year’s Cook Representative, is a se¬ 
nior IPE and French major from Miami, FL, who stud¬ 
ied abroad in France last year. He worked for the Con¬ 
gressional Subcommittee on Human Rights two 
summers ago and the Woodrow Wilson School Pub¬ 
lic Policy Summer Institute this past summer. Pena 
plans on representing Cook Commons and the views 
of its members while dealing with construction and 
dining issues. His past experience includes being a 
member of the Constitution Committee for the SGA 
and being involved in several student organizations. 

Page 6 


Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Date Time 

Public Safety Log 


















3:00 p.m. 
10:45 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
4:00 p.m. 
10:50 p.m. 
1:30 a.m. 

11:00 p.m. 

10:55 p.m. 
10:30 p.m. 
12:15 p.m. 
11:15 p.m. 
1:49 a.m. 
1:30 a.m. 


Drug violation 

Agency assist 

Suspicion of marijuana 
Town noise complaint 
Drug violation 
Drug violation 


Parking Sign 


College Furniture 

College Furniture 

Computer 8c Disc 


No Suspects 

No Suspects 
Referred to MPD 
No Suspects 

Referred to Commons Dean 

Referred to MPD 



Gifford Referred to Commons Dean 

Gifford Referred to Commons Dean 

Memorial Field House Referred to MPD 
Field Site 

Adirondack Circle 
Off Campus 

2:40-5:30a.m. Vandalism 

Food Service Area 

Hepburn Referred to Commons Dean 

Fletcher(PALANA) Referred to Commons Dean 

Davis Referred to Commons Dean 

Brackett(Tavem)(OA) Referred to Commons Dean 

Ross Dining Referred to Commons Dean 

KDR No Suspects 

Ross Dining_No Suspects 

Healthy Employees 
Have Cost College 

(continued from page 1) 
insurance plans are self-funded, 
meaning that the College manages 
its own health insurance instead of 
purchasing it from an outside 
party like Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 
This arrangement means that 
Middlebury has more control over 
its own policies and it allows the 
plan to be cheaper because the 
College does not make a profit off 
employee insurance. 

Middlebury’s independent 
plan, however, also means that the 
College must 

changes, the HIRC compared 
Middlebury’s policy to 20 compa¬ 
rable institutions, including 
Amherst, Williams and Colby, as 
well as local employers. They 
found that Middlebury’s plan with 
the proposed changes is still sig¬ 
nificantly better than at least 75 
percent of all other investigated 

When asked how the proposed 
changes would affect him, 
Matthew Hotte of Dining Services 
said, “They’ll be taking three per- 


I've got mixed feelings, but just try to 
go buy insurance somewhere else. With 
the little we pay, the College is doing 
well. I sure can't complain. 

—Mike Degray, Dining Services 

After a hazy day ; the sun sets peacd 

Louisa Conrad 


costs, which 
have risen 
drastically in 
recent years. 

The College 
currently pays 
approximately 75 percent of em¬ 
ployee health care costs, leaving 
employees to pay the remaining 25 
percent, but this was not enough to 
cover the expenses in 2001. With 
the proposed changes, the College 
will continue to pay 75 percent, 
but the remaining balance will 
come from the employee’s contri¬ 
butions based on their salaries. 

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cent of my salary, which ironically 
takes away the 2.5 percent raise I 
got this year. But don’t get me 
wrong, we’re glad to have the 
College’s policy anyway.” 

Middlebury College is not im¬ 
mune to the health insurance 
problems facing employers 
throughout the country, but the 
HIRC has attempted to research 
the best possible solution to the 
shortage of funds. 

“I’ve got mixed feelings,” said 
Mike DeGray, also of Dining Ser¬ 
vices, “But just try to go buy in¬ 
surance somewhere else. With the 
little we pay, the College is doing 
well. I sure can’t complain.” 

Taking Back 

(continued from page 3) 
ban on “promoting homosexuality 
in schools,” which is still on the 
books in England. In a broader 
sense, though, the re-emergence of 
a Parliament here has anchored a 
fresh sense of nationhood. 

Amidst talk of a Scottish politi¬ 
cal renaissance — even the possi¬ 
bility of full independence — the 
vision of an all-powerful British 
government seems better suited 
for history texts than the modern 
day. As Scotland launched its Par¬ 
liament, Wales established a Na¬ 
tional Assembly to oversee domes¬ 
tic affairs. And Northern Ireland 
has long held a tenuous degree of 
autonomy from the UK center. 

The unity of the kingdom has 
been considerably loosened. 

The trend towards regional de¬ 
volution has also gained currency 
beyond these Isles. Quebec’s par¬ 
liament frequently bristles at the 
central Canadian government in 
Ottawa, just as the Catalonia tries 
to wrestle its independence away 
from Madrid. 

Like Scotland, these are places 
where cultural lines don’t neces¬ 
sarily coincide with political ones 
— a fact the Parliamentary Union 
of 1707 overlooked. 

Reflecting on that fateful merg¬ 
er, national bard Robert Burns 
once lamented, “Fareweel to a’ our 
Scottish fame, / Fareweel our an¬ 
cient glory; / Fareweel ev’n to the 
Scottish name, Sae fam’d in mari¬ 
tal story.” 

But fret not, Robert. The Union 
of Parliaments is dissolved. 

In its own way, Scotland has 
been taken back. 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 


Page 7 

The Death of the Death Penalty? 

District Court Judge William Sessions Declares Death Penalty 
Unconstitutional; Decision Is Expected to Qo Before the Supreme Court 


Local News Editor 

On Sept. 24, the Hon. William 
K. Sessions III, U.S. District Court 
Judge for Vermont, ruled that the 
Federal Death Penalty Act (FDPA) 
of 1994 was unconstitutional. 

Sessions’ ruling has attracted a 
great deal of media attention in the 
last week, due largely to the ac¬ 
knowledgement by legal experts 
that such a decision may ultimate¬ 
ly bring the issue of the death 
penalty to the Supreme Court. As 
such, Sessions has focused nation¬ 
al attention on the Vermont case of 
Donald Fell, who motioned to have 
the death penalty declared uncon¬ 
stitutional for a litany of violations, 
including violation of the Fifth, 

Sixth and Eighth amendments. 

At issue is admissibility of evi¬ 
dence. Conviction and sentencing 
are two distinct processes. Under 
the FDPA, evidence is admitted for 
a judge to consider in deciding for 
or against capital punishment that 
would not be admitted in a trial to 

Sessions ultimately ruled that 
the FDPA does in fact violate both 
the Fifth and Sixth amendments, 
by admitting evidence not heard by 
a trial of one’s peers. In his ruling, 
he wrote, “A defendant is entitled, 
under the Due Process Clause and 
the Sixth Amendment, to confront 
and cross-examine adverse wit¬ 
nesses, and to require that these 
facts be proven by admissible evi¬ 


Charles A. Dana Professor of Po¬ 
litical Science Murray Dry notes 
that in the Fell case, a statement 
made by Fell’s deceased accomplice 
which was inadmissible in trial as 
“hearsay” was considered in sen¬ 
tencing. Such evidence violates the 
Fifth and Sixth amendments, acco- 
dring to Sessions’ ruling. 

Dry feels that the implications of 
Sessions’ ruling will extend to the 
national level. In effect. Sessions’ 
ruling “will eliminate the distinc¬ 
tion between facts relevant to de¬ 
fense and facts relevant to sentenc¬ 
ing,” Dry explains. 

Dry adds that one must consid¬ 
er retroactivity in this case, and 
how Sessions’ decision will affect 
all federally-convicted inmates on 

(continued from page 1) 

Sessions also ruled that limiting 
campaign expenditures by candi¬ 
dates did not fall under the author¬ 
ity of the law as it applied in both 
Buckley v Valeo and Vermont’s 
own, more recent case, Landell v 

After Sessions’ speech, a series of 
charged questions and comments 
made by the audience. These in¬ 
cluded suggestions for ways to 
make campaign finance reform 
economically viable while keeping 
it constitutionally sound. Profes¬ 
sors Eric Davis, secretary of the 
College, and Murray Dry, Charles 
A. Dana Proessor of Polical Sci¬ 
ence, offered commentary on the 
question and answer session. 

Rosenberg noted that Sessions 

death row. 

Sessions, a Middlebury alum¬ 
nus, is no stranger to cases regard¬ 
ing criminal law. He has dealt with 
criminal law as a public defender 
for Vermont, as well as in his cur¬ 
rent role as district court judge. 

If the case eventually finds its 
way to the Supreme Court, it will 
most likely not be Sessions’ first 
such trip. 

Legal analysts have predicted his 
ruling on the unconstitutionality 
of campaign finance reform efforts 
in Vermont will likely reach both 
the Court of Appeals and the 
Supreme Court, in the near future 
(see article, “Campaign Finance 
Reform”). Whether legal experts 
are correct or not remains to be 

had performed what he referred to 
as “judicial jujitsu,” by carefully rul¬ 
ing on the constitutionality of Lan¬ 
dell v Brunelle in ways which, while 
viewed by many as correct inter¬ 
pretations of the Constitution, were 
certain to push the case into the 
Court of Appeals and ultimately on 
to the Supreme Court of the Unit¬ 
ed States. Sessions stated that were 
this case to end up in the Supreme 
Court, he would feel immensely 
proud to have added to the nation¬ 
al discussion. 

Sessions expressed his own view 
on this case’s relevance to larger is¬ 
sues, saying if the case reaches the 
Supreme Court, “It would be the 
vehicle by which campaign finance 
reform would be discussed [na¬ 

Amendments Regarding 
Campaign Finance 
Reform and the FDPA 

Excerpted from 
the Bill of Rights 

I Congress shall make no law 
respecting an establishment of re¬ 
ligion, or prohibiting the free ex¬ 
ercise thereof; or abridging the 
freedom of speech, or of the 
press; or the right of the people 
peaceably to assemble, and to pe¬ 
tition the government for a re¬ 
dress of grievances. 

V. No person shall be held to 
answer for a capital, or otherwise 
infamous crime, unless on a pre¬ 
sentment or indictment of a 
grand jury, except in cases arising 
in the land or naval forces, or in 
the militia, when in actual service 
in time of war or public danger; 
nor shall any person be subject 
for the same offense to be twice 
put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor 
shall be compelled in any crimi¬ 
nal case to be a witness against 
himself, nor be deprived of life, 
liberty, or property, without due 
process of law; nor shall private 
property be taken for public use, 
without just compensation. 

VI. In all criminal prosecu¬ 
tions, the accused shall enjoy the 
right to a speedy and public trial, 
by an impartial jury of the state 
and district wherein the crime 
shall have been committed, which 
district shall have been previous¬ 
ly ascertained by law, and to be 
informed of the nature and cause 
of the accusation; to be confront¬ 
ed with the witnesses against him; 
to have compulsory process for 
obtaining witnesses in his favor, 
and to have the assistance of 
counsel for his defense. 

VUE. Excessive bail shall not 
be required, nor excessive fines 
imposed, nor cruel and unusual 
punishments inflicted. 

Rethinking Campaign 
Finance Reform Laws 

ACTR Expands to Help Students 


Staff Writer 

Have you ever been too lazy to 
walk into town for dinner, or 
been left behind on a run to 
Ames? Worry no more. Addison 
County Transit Resources 
(ACTR) has come to the rescue. 

Very few Middlebury students 
are aware of the public trans¬ 
portation system, namely the 
Middlebury shuttle, which has 
been around since 1996. ACTR 
offers a large range of services in¬ 
cluding this shuttle to popular 
destinations in town and on cam¬ 
pus, as well as a tri-town shuttle 
to Bristol and Vergennes. 

In the past few months the sys¬ 
tem has been updated in an at¬ 
tempt to make it more convenient 
and student-friendly. This is 
largely due to the efforts of exec¬ 
utive director Jim Moulton and 
the staff at ACTR, as well as Gabe 
Epperson ’03. 

The reason for these changes, 
according to Epperson, who got 
involved in the project through 
an environmental studies semi¬ 
nar last spring, was that the Col¬ 
lege needed “a more comprehen¬ 
sive and holistic approach” to 
issues of transportation and 
parking. He worked together with 
ACTR to help shape the new 
schedule and route so that it is 
more conducive to student and 

faculty needs. 

So why aren’t Middlebury stu¬ 
dents using this system? The 
main reason is that they are un¬ 
aware it exists. Moulton, who has 
worked diligently to implement 
the changes, hopes that students 
realize the service is available to 
the general public, including the 
Middlebury College community. 
Of significant advantage for the 
typically tight-budgeted college 
student, Moulton noted, is that 
the service is free. 

Though the system is in a tran¬ 
sitional period, many changes 
have already occurred. There are 
four new stops on campus: At the 
Center for the Arts, Old Chapel, 
McCullough and Adirondack Cir¬ 

The routes are fairly straight¬ 
forward, each stopping on Mer¬ 
chant’s Row and proceeding from 
there. Local stops include Porter 
Hospital, Centre Plaza (where 
Ames is now located), Marble 
Works and Shaw’s. According to 
Moulton, the system is very flexi¬ 

If you see a bus pass by, you 
can wave it down and if it isn’t too 
busy (not during morning or af¬ 
ternoon commuting hours) the 
bus can most likely drop you off 
wherever you want to go. 

The hours to date are Monday 
through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 
entire route takes about 90 min¬ 
utes but exact pick-up and drop¬ 
off times are assigned to each lo¬ 

The schedule, which will soon 
be available through a direct link 
on the Middlebury College 
homepage, is currently available 
at the Department of Public Se¬ 
curity or by calling the ACTR of¬ 
fice at 802-388-1946 and request¬ 
ing one by mail. 



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Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Pollina Fights for Lt. Governorship 


_ Staff Writer _ 

In a tight race for lieutenant 
governor, Progressive candidate 
Anthony Pollina of Middlesex 
County is a top contender looking 
to oust Republican Brian Dubie 
and Democrat Peter Shumlin. Pol¬ 
lina, a policymaker who has dealt 
with issues in Vermont for 20 years, 
ran the first-ever gubernatorial 
campaign by a Progressive candi¬ 
date two years ago, accumulating 
10 percent of the vote. 

Pollina is defending his slogan, 
“Demand more from your govern¬ 
ment,” by proposing significant 
changes in health care, education, 
economic development, environ¬ 
mental policy and energy costs. 
Pollina and the Progressive Party 
are certainly attracting voters, but 
some see Pollina’s campaign as a 
step down from his 2000 race for 

Sam Hemingway of the 
Burlington Free Press said Pollina 
has the “I-choose-not-to-run-for- 
governor syndrome,” and that the 
Progressives may look like a “not- 
ready-for-prime-time party” to 
voters. Some voters note Pollina’s 
strength as a candidate, but have 
no proof that, if elected, he will 
practice what he preaches. 

Although some people are skep¬ 
tical, many others consider Pollina 
a strong candidate and support the 
policies he proposes. In a June 

2002 poll, 14 percent of 600 likely 
voters said they would vote for Pol¬ 

One of the issues Pollina tackles 
in his campaign is the state budget. 
With the recent economic down¬ 
turn in Vermont, a budget deficit of 
$50 million has forced Governor 
Howard Dean to make heavy bud¬ 
get cuts, particularly in human ser¬ 
vices programs. Pollina opposed 
these reductions in his campaign 
announcement on March 7, say¬ 
ing, “Cutting state programs for 
local roads and education does not 
save money but simply shifts the 
cost onto local property tax payers 
and costs more in the long run.” 

With regards to Act 60, Ver- 

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going now, vote for 
someone else. 

—Anthony Pollina 

mont’s controversial education law, 
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for public education on a single 
asset such as a home. He said in an 
advertisement for his 2000 cam¬ 
paign, “Act 60 has complicated 
things; it relies too much on the 
property tax. We can eliminate the 
property tax for education from 
Vermont homes and replace it with 
a tax on income and ability to pay.” 

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mont” plan in which the state gov¬ 
ernment would give 2 percent of its 
daily cash balance to a Vermont 
Community Loan Fund, which 
would make low-interest loans to 
Vermont businesses. Pollina also 
takes a fiery stance on civil unions, 
distinguishing himself from Dubie 
and Shumlin in his support for the 
full rights of gay marriage and the 
rights it provides. Pollina stated in 
an interview, “I’ve been a support¬ 
er for years of equal rights for all 

Pollina also favors environmen- 
tally-friendly farming practices, 
and founded an advocacy group, 
Rural Vermont, which has de¬ 
manded halting the cultivation of 
genetically engineered seeds in the 
state. Pollina suggests organic 
farming as an alternative, and stat¬ 
ed, “Nature does just fine if you let 
it do its work.” Pollina actively at¬ 
tacks the issues that Vermont 
farmers face. “If you like the direc¬ 
tion the states farm policy is going 
now, vote for someone else,” he said 
at a forum. 

Pollina calls on the state to help 
farmers increase their income, not¬ 
ing that the Department of Agri¬ 
culture receives only 0.3 percent of 
the state budget. He stated, “The 
health of family farms and our 
rural communities is central to 
Vermont’s future.” 

Pollina has run an aggressive 
campaign for lieutenant governor, 
taking frequently controversial 
stances on the issues of civil 
unions, the budget and farming. 
He has accrued his share of critics, 
however, over issues relating more 
to his campaigning than his polit¬ 
ical stances. Shortly after declaring 
his bid for lieutenant governor, he 
filed a suit against Vermont’s cam¬ 
paign finance laws, which he him¬ 
self advocated while working for 
the Vermont Public Interest Group, 
attracting negative media attention 
in March of this year. 

Douglas Platform 
Focuses on Jobs, Drugs 


Staff Writer 

As November approaches, Ver¬ 
monters are starting to wonder 
about the names on front yard po¬ 
litical signs. Among the names is 
Jim Douglas, the Republican can¬ 
didate for governor. Douglas has 
had an extensive political career as 
a member of the state Legislature, 
executive assistant to Governor 
Snelling, secretary of state and 
state treasurer. Of special interest 
to the College, Douglas is a Mid- 
dlebury alumnus. 

The main focus of Douglas’ 
platform is the creation of more 
jobs for Vermonters. Douglas’ 
“Plan for Prosperity” is based on 
long-term growth of jobs in Ver¬ 
mont. Douglas believes that under 
his plan, “Vermonters can once 
again have peace of mind and job 

Jim Douglas offers the 
chance for Vermonters 
to be heard and have 
decisive action taken. 

—Former Governor 
Ray Keyser Jr. 

In addition to the creation of 
jobs, Douglas also promotes more 
training for workers. Douglas is in¬ 
terested in ensuring that Vermon¬ 
ters have the skills required to 
compete in todays job market. His 
ideas concerning Vermont’s econo¬ 
my also include providing cheaper 
health care for Vermonters, helping 
farmers diversify their products 
and helping working Vermonters 
stay on their feet while receiving 
access to higher education. He pro¬ 
poses making all of these changes 
with no increase in taxes. This, he 
believes, can be accomplished by 
re-prioritizing the budget. 

Another pressing issue that 
Douglas has responded to is the il¬ 
legal drug problem in Vermont. 

Describing Vermont as a pic¬ 
turesque location that should be 
insulated from hard drugs, Dou¬ 
glas has taken a stand especially 
against heroin, stating that Ver¬ 
monters need to stop its flow into 
the state. His ideas, however, center 
more around treatment and reper¬ 
cussions than actual prevention of 
the sale of drugs. The preventative 
measures he does mention advo¬ 
cate the education of young adults 
about the dangers of drugs. 

Other issues Douglas addresses 
include increasing public safety 
and raising the quality of education 
for the state. 

Although in a recent Rutland 
Herald poll Douglas following De¬ 
mocratic candidate Doug Racine 
by about in popularity, a recent As¬ 
sociated Press article noted that 
Douglas has received more fiscal 
support from Vermonters than his 
opponent. The Douglas campaign 
reportedly collected $351,430.31, 
while Racine’s office reported 

Douglas has a broad platform 
covering issues relevant to Ver¬ 
monters, but many argue that his 
platform is too broad. In an edito¬ 
rial run in the Burlington Free Press 
last spring, the writer noted that,“If 
state treasurer James Douglas was 
any closer to the middle of the 
road, he would have a broken white 
line running down his back.” On 
the other hand, Douglas has 
amassed a great deal of support 
from Vermonters, including former 
Republican Governor Ray Keyser 
Jr. Keyser stated in a Rutland Her¬ 
ald article last summer that, “Jim 
offers the chance for Vermonters to 
be heard and have decisive action 

Douglas has promised Vermon¬ 
ters a lot. After Democrat Howard 
Dean’s 12-year role as governor, the 
question is whether Vermonters 
will elect a Republican. 

Fears of Greater Economic Troubles 
Down the Line for Amtrak in Vermont 


Local News Editor 

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Amtrak has announced that, 
beginning Oct. 4, it will no longer 
employ ticketing agents in any of 
its Vermont stations. The closing 
of these ticketing offices will re¬ 
sult in the loss of six jobs, a num¬ 
ber that belies the reality of a 
company already in financial 

trouble. - 

The decision affects 
Rutland, White River 
Junction, Essex and St. 

Albans stations, the only 
railroad stations in Ver¬ 
mont still staffed by Am¬ 
trak employees. For 
Middlebury students and others 
who use the train system to reach 
New York City, the change means 
tickets will have to be pur¬ 
chased at automatic ticketing 
machines or on the trains. For 
the moment, however, Amtrak 
has yet to purchase or install 
the $40,000 apiece machines. 

It is expected to take as 
long as five months for the 
credit card-operated ma¬ 
chines to be ready for general 
use. Vermont’s ticketing 

agents leave their posts for the last 
time on Friday. 

In the eyes of Walter Clarke, a 
25-year veteran of Amtrak and its 
Rutland ticketing agent, the lay¬ 
offs come from a lack of proper 
planning, and a rush to cut spend¬ 
ing in ways that are not always ef¬ 
fective. Clarke spoke passionately 
about the service he and others in 

In the eyes of Walter Clarke, the 
layoffs come from a lack of proper 
planning, and a rush to cut spending 
in ways that are not always effective. 

his profession provide travelers. 
“We are the ambassadors to Ver¬ 
mont,” he explained. Clarke, a 
Rhode Island native who began 
working for Amtrak in Vermont in 
1992 and expresses a deep love of 
the state, has been offered a posi¬ 
tion with Amtrak in Portland, 
Maine, which he has accepted. 

To Clarke, however, Amtrak’s 
offer to let him continue with the 
company is small solace. He says 
that recent budget problems, in¬ 
cluding a Clinton Administration 

directive to become one of the 
only non-government subsidized 
passenger rails in the world, have 
forced Amtrak to make a series of 
rash decisions in an effort to cut 
back on spending. “A ticket ma¬ 
chine isn’t going to help anybody,” 
Clarke laments. “There’s no per¬ 
sonal service anymore.” 

Clarke looks at the bigger pic- 
- ture when offering his ad¬ 
vice. He sees a recent 
drop in tourism in Ver¬ 
mont as a direct result of 
Sept. 11, and urges that if 
Amtrak waits one more 
year, it is possible the 
economy will improve 
and such drastic measures as 
eliminating all the Amtrak jobs in 
an entire state. 

Clarke will soon be moving his 
wife and their pets to Portland to 
take up the new position with the 

But even as he prepares to leave 
the state in which he has lived for 
almost 10 years, he urges everyone 
to write to their senators, repre¬ 
sentatives and governors in an ef¬ 
fort to save not only jobs, but the 
American passenger train itself. 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 


Page 9 

Initiative May Leave Smokers Seeking New Spaces to Light Up 


Features Editor 

Students who enjoy the conve¬ 
nience of smoking in their own 
rooms or near the entrances of on- 
campus buildings may soon have to 
change their ways. Though few peo¬ 
ple know about it, Middlebury has 
recently introduced an initiative that 
seeks to ban tobacco use in resi¬ 
dence halls and near building en¬ 
trances. This initiative has been pro¬ 
posed by the Commons 
Administration Office and is also 
supported by the Office of Health 
and Wellness Education. If the 
smoking ban is achieved, frustration 

and dissatisfaction will - 

most likely be the response 
of students who smoke, 
while non-smokers will 
have cause to celebrate. The 
fate of smoking on Middle- 
bury’s campus will un¬ 
doubtedly be of great inter¬ 
est to both factions as the 
proposal plays out over the 
year. _ 

The Middlebury College 
Handbook asserts on page 38 that, 
“the Middlebury College workplace 
is a smoke-free environment. In 
compliance with state regulations, 
all areas in the College are smoke 
free, with the exception of residen¬ 
tial space.” Students are permitted to 
smoke in their rooms only if it is 
agreeable to their roommate(s) and 
anyone who may be affected in ad¬ 
jacent areas. However, many have 
noticed that while this may be the 
policy, it is not necessarily the actu¬ 
ality. By its nature, smoke travels and 
areas that may be deemed “smoke- 
free” are frequently infiltrated by 
smoke. The doorways and entrance 
areas to most buildings around 
campus are often occupied by 
smokers, especially during times of 
bad weather, and the smoke drifts in 
through doors and windows. Many 
non-smokers have complained 
about this exposure to second-hand 
smoke, provoking efforts to change 
the smoking policy. 

Mariah McKechnie, residential 
system coordinator in the Com¬ 
mons Administration Office, has 
submitted this proposal for smoke- 
free residence halls in response to 
the vast increase in student interest 
in substance- and smoke-free liv¬ 
ing. McKechnie commented that 
about 60 percent of the room 
change requests she receives have 
something to with moving to a sub¬ 
stance free hall. Her proposal has 
prompted the creation of a task 
force comprised of nine students 
who work throughout the year to 
write a smoke-free policy. They plan 
to then have the policy officially 
adopted by the College and to de¬ 
velop more effective campaigns for 
the cessation of smoking. These stu¬ 
dents — eight sophomores and one 
senior — will receive a small 
stipend for their work from the 
American Cancer Society, which 
trains students and college adminis¬ 
trators across the country in how to 
build and launch a campaign that is 
effective and isn't negative. McKech¬ 
nie emphasized the nature of initia¬ 
tive: “This is not a campaign to 
alienate smokers but rather to de¬ 
crease exposure of second-hand 
smoke to non-smokers and to make 
our campus safer and healthier.” 

The issue of health is a driving 
factor behind the intended smoking 

intervention program. Yonna Mc- 
Shane, director of the Health and 
Wellness Education Office, is collab¬ 
orating with the student task force, 
McKechnie and the American Can¬ 
cer Society. McShane is able to offer 
her extensive knowledge about the 
use of substances on the Middle¬ 
bury campus. She understands both 
the health and the social implica¬ 
tions of this objective to make all 
residential space smoke free. 

Every two to three years a na¬ 
tional study, called CORE, is con¬ 
ducted on alcohol and drug use by 
college and high school students. 
Tobacco is one of the categories in 

This is not a campaign to alienate 
smokers but rather to decrease 
exposure of second-hand smoke to 
non-smokers and to make our 
campus safer and healthier. 

—Mariah McKechnie, 
Residential System Coordinator 

this study, which was most recently 
performed here last year. Six hun¬ 
dred male and female Middlebury 
students of all class years were ran¬ 
domly selected and about 70 per¬ 
cent participated in the 2001 CORE 
Study. The results indicated that 93 
percent of Middlebury students 
don’t use tobacco products on a 
daily basis and that the percentage 
of Middlebury students who use to¬ 
bacco products three or more times 
a week is 16.6 percent compared to 
24 percent nationally. McShane be¬ 
lieves that it is good news that Mid¬ 
dlebury students are “smoking less 
than at other colleges nationally.” 
The number of Middlebury stu¬ 
dents who indicated a preference to 
live in a tobacco-free resi¬ 
dence hall was close to 60 
percent and 55 percent of 
Middlebury students stated 
that they been exposed to 
second-hand smoke on 1 to 
7 occasions each week. 

When asked about the _ 

effects of second-hand 
smoke, McShane was quick to offer 
startling statistics and extensive in¬ 
formation. She cited the 30,000 lung 
cancer deaths that occur annually in 
healthy non-smokers, eye-irritation, 
headaches, nausea, dizziness, the in¬ 
creased risk of sudden infant death 
syndrome (SIDS) for children 
whose parents smoke as well as 
pneumonia, bronchitis, ear infec¬ 
tions and the exacerbation of asth¬ 
ma. All of these are convincing fac¬ 
tors in the initiative to decrease 
exposure to second-hand smoke for 
students living at Middlebury. Mc¬ 
Shane put it bluntly: “Second-hand 
smoking will kill you just as smok¬ 
ing will.” There’s little doubt that the 
negative and often severe health 
consequences of smoking build a 
strong argument in favor of the 
smoke-free proposal. 

But tobacco use remains a part of 
college life in spite of the health 
risks, and McShane expressed an 
understanding of this fact. Vermont 
advertising for tobacco products is 
$11 million while in Massachusetts 
it is $119 million. The CORE study 
from October 2002 showed that 
most students who use tobacco 
products here at Middlebury start¬ 
ed using between the age of 13 and 
20. The majority started between 

the age of 16 and 17 and the second 
greatest majority started between 
the age of 14 and 15. This reveals the 
fact that most tobacco users at Mid¬ 
dlebury began smoking before 
coming to the College. 

McShane spoke about the tobac¬ 
co cessation treatment that is offered 
by Parton Health Center in Carr 
Hall, Middlebury s local Porter Hos¬ 
pital and the Vermont Quit Line. She 
was optimistic, remarking: “there 
are more resources available to 
smokers who want to quit than in 
the past.” Kathleen Ready, R.N. and 
administrative director at the Health 
Center, offered further information 
- about the number of stu¬ 
dents who are currently 
trying to quit by using the 
patch or other effective 
medical interventions. 
Ready noted that “smok¬ 
ing is a form of self-med¬ 
ication... I’m always glad 
to see people who need in¬ 
formation or assistance.” 
She further commented 
upon recent studies that 
have shown that “social pressure 
against smoking has an effect on 
stopping smoking.” 

While some Middlebury smok¬ 
ers, or tobacco users, may be trying 
to quit, others are not and the ini¬ 
tiative for smoke-free residence 
halls will probably cause problems 
for those students. The argument 
that they are of age (Vermont State 
Law allows the buying of tobacco at 
age 18) and that they retain individ¬ 
ual rights to smoke in their person¬ 
al space is certainly strong. These 
students are adults and should be 
able to smoke at their leisure. But the 
other argument rests upon the idea 
of shared community space and the 
rights of those who have chosen not 

Louisa Conrad 

Middlebury will soon introduce new policies to ban tobacco use near build¬ 
ing entrances and in residence halls. 

The policy for smoke-free residences, 
the entrance areas and the 
perimeters of all buildings will then 
be instituted for the academic year of 

to smoke. 

The residence halls and building 
entrances are considered to be 
shared community spaces and the 
impact of smoke on non-smokers is 
hard to ignore. Thus the task force 
will preclude smoking in all rooms, 
hallways, stairwells, lounges and en¬ 
trances and will evaluate each build¬ 
ing on campus to determine the dis¬ 
tances in which smokers must 
refrain from 
lighting up. 

The next step 
will be to map 
out smoking 
areas that are 
agreeable to 
smokers and 

This may 

campuses have chosen to go to 
smoke-free grounds, Middlebury 
would like to start with residence 
halls and building perimeters” to 
judge how the program works. 
McKechnie understands that this 
does seem “heavily weighted to¬ 
wards the non-smoker” but is 
echoed by her colleague McShane 
who remarks that the proposal for 
smoke-free buildings “is not an at¬ 
tempt to punish smokers.” 

President of the Student Govern¬ 
ment Association Ginny 
Hunt ’03 noted that while 
the Student Government 
Association Senate has 
not yet been approached 
about the proposal, she 
does know about it and it 
“will be addressed as a 
senate issue. It’s on the 
radar and students are aware of this 
important issue.” McKechnie and 
the task force plan to seek approval 
from Community Council, which is 
co-chaired by Ben LaBolt ’03 and 
Dean of Students Ann Hanson. 
LaBolt was certain that the initiative 
would be “considered for the Com¬ 
munity Council agenda this fall.” 

The proposal, McKechnie further 
noted, takes into consideration the 

fact that faculty are not allowed to 
smoke in their offices and the cur¬ 
rent policy that permits students to 
smoke in their rooms is unfair. Not 
only is it unfair, she says, but it is also 
an extreme fire hazard and has 
proved costly in dorm room repairs 
and renovations. 

“Students are not allowed to burn 
candles or incense or have halogen 
lights in their rooms and neither 
should they be allowed to smoke,” 
McKechnie stated, “because smok¬ 
ing is the number-one cause of 
house fires.” 

McKechnie and the task force 
hope to work quickly and to have 
the new policy adopted by January 
because Michael Katz, director of 
the summer Language Schools, has 
indicated to McKechnie that the 
language school will agree to accept 
this policy and it will start in the 
summer of 2003. Smoke free resi¬ 
dences and buildings will then be 
instituted for the academic year of 

Smokers and non-smokers alike 
will soon encounter this campaign 
that seeks to provide a smoke-free 
environment as the answer to an 
issue that has long been a concern 
for many in the College community. 

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Wednesday, October 2, 2002 

Career Services Office 
Has Got Its MoJo 


In a Newer Light 

Vlad Lodoaba 

Playing tag with his sister, Chris Howard ’03 put “Smog” to good 



features Editor 

This could have been a big day 
tor me. In fact, it was supposed to 
be just that. The first thing I said to 
myself when 1 woke up this morn* 
ing was, “This is a big day for you, 
Bob” So in hindsight, at least the 
groundwork was all there. But of 
course, just like everything in life, 
hindsight is 20/20. Except for Bar¬ 
bara Walters. In hindsight, she's not 
20/20. Rather, she's on “20/20” and 
she’s more like 60 to 65. 

Anyway, the day did not turn out 
the way I had imagined it. Five 
minutes before history class, my 
presentation on Abigail Adams 
would not print because Daryl (1 
know his name because it was on 
the first 100 sheets) decided to 
print out the Encyclopedia Britan* 
nica just before 1:30 p.m. So, f was 
forced to run full-tilt from the 
printing Jab in Bi Hall to class. And 
I arrived at that perfect moment in 
time when one has not yet begun to 
sweat, but can no longer cool 

The consequence of this was 
simple. ! began my oral presenta¬ 
tion on our country’s second first 
lady absolutely dry, but within two 
minutes I was literally dripping 
beads of sweat onto my notes. I 
looked into the faces of my class¬ 
mates, and in each one I recognized 
the same look of sympathy min¬ 
gled with bewilderment: “How can 
this boy possibly be so nervous?” 

Following history class was an¬ 
other seminar, this one on Ezra 
Pound, who happens to be one of 
the simplest poets of all time... Ac¬ 
tually, he’s not even dose. Pound 
was a modernist poet and, for 
someone who doesn't understand 
much poetry, a modernist poet is 
not a good thing. Here's what I'm 
talking about. The opening lines of 
his Canto IDCXXIIT are as follow: 
“HUDOR et Pax / Gemisto 
stemmed all from Neptune / hence 
the Rimini bas reliefs.” Ehhhl? 

I wonder if Pound used a type¬ 
writer and sometimes wrote poems 
just by closing his eyes and going 
ballistic on the keyboard. I bet he 
did, andhe wrote just enough sen* 
sible words to make the rest seem 
secretly brilliant. Ezra Pound Me 
On The Head Before 1 Have To 
Read Him Again. That’s what I call 

I’ve digressed, though. The fact 
that Ezra and I do not get along was 
of little importance in class, be¬ 
cause no matter how hard I tried I 
could not stay awake. And I know 1 
tried because I'm looking at my 
notes right now, and I can see that 
1 attempted to write “unscholarly” 
five times, coming close not even 

It was a horrible ordeal, 'rime 
after time, I would wake up with a 
start, while drawing everyone’s at* 
tention. But my embarrassment 
culminated when I fell asleep and 
then simultaneously woke up and 
drooled on my hand. For those of 
you who can relate to this, I think 
(see Bob\ page 12) 

Staff Writer 

Most Middlebury students 
wonder about their career path. 
What happens after four years in 
the “Middlebury bubble”? Stu¬ 
dents looking for an answer can 
visit the Career Services Office 
(CSO). Jaye Roseborough, execu¬ 
tive director of CSO, recommends 
early involvement through intern¬ 
ships, which give students a 
chance to try out their profession¬ 
al competencies and develop nec¬ 
essary skills. 

The CSO’s 
Web site posts 
some com¬ 
pelling evi¬ 
dence for the 
on internships 
with the National Association of 
Colleges & Employers’ Job Out¬ 
look Survey (2001). Twenty-five 
percent of employers hire from 
within the organization’s intern¬ 
ship program, 55 percent have 
new college hires with internship 
experience and 64 percent pay 
their new, permanent, full-time 
hires with internship experience 
an average of 8.9 percent more 
than new hires without experi¬ 

To explore job and internship 
opportunities, the first step is 
Mojo (Middlebury Online Job 
Opportunities) registration on the 
CSO Web site. Students can indi¬ 
cate their fields of interest, and can 
also upload their resume. Once 
registered, students can search the 
Mojo database, and they will re¬ 
ceive e-mails relevant to their pro¬ 
fessional interests, including news 
of job opportunities and upcom¬ 
ing events. 

The Mojo database includes 
over 20,000 internship and job op¬ 
portunities shared by the top 20 
liberal arts colleges in the country, 
with some internships reserved 
exclusively for Middlebury stu¬ 
dents. Most internships are posted 
early in the second semester, but 
the more competitive assign¬ 
ments, such the “Today Show” may 
have deadlines as early as January. 

CSO also supports special in¬ 
ternship programs. Juniors can 
compete for summer internship 

stipends to support their summer 
work. Leadership Peaks intern¬ 
ships give juniors a chance to 
shadow top leaders — an interna¬ 
tional cardio surgeon, the com¬ 
missioner of New York City parks 
or a company president. There are 
opportunities for other classes as 
well; sophomores, juniors and se¬ 
niors can apply by Oct. 31 to re¬ 
ceive credit for a Winter Term In¬ 

The CSO acts as a job place¬ 
ment resource for seniors. After 
registering for Mojo, e-mails will 
alert seniors 
to recruit¬ 
ing events, 
such as on- 
campus re¬ 
consortia and not-for-profit job 
fairs. The CSO has a new program, 
Careers in the Common Good, 
which introduces students to ca¬ 
reers in the nonprofit sector as 
well as socially conscious busi¬ 
nesses in a wide range of fields. 

Throughout the year, Middle¬ 
bury alumni and parents of Mid¬ 
dlebury students give students ex¬ 
posure to a particular field 
through the Career Conversations 
program. More formal informa¬ 
tion sessions with recruiting em¬ 
ployers give students a chance to 
learn the industry and make con¬ 
tact with potential employers. In 

skill workshops, the CSO teaches 
how to compose cover letters, 
construct a resume and provides 
tips for succesful interviewing. 

When asked about advice she 
would give to students, Rosebor¬ 
ough replied, “The liberal arts ed¬ 
ucation encourages students to 

dents to join in the fight for 
human rights. Gyatso spoke 
through a translator and brought 
with him the torture tools used on 
him and other prisoners. 

Despite his terrible experi¬ 
ences, he was able to convey the 
peace-loving spirit characteristic 
of the Tibetan people and embod¬ 
ied in philosophy of the Dalai 
Lama. Gyatso began his talk with 
a useful lesson in Tibetan history. 

He stressed that Tibet had been 
a free nation for thousands of 
years before communist Chinese 
regimes invaded. According to Gy¬ 
atso, Tibet’s history goes back 
6,000 years, with written records 
dating from 2,029 years ago. Life 
in Tibet was nomadic and based 

study whatever they’re passionate 
about. This doesn’t guarantee job 
placement. What gives students 
the greatest competitive edge is in¬ 
ternship experience.” 

To register for Mojo, check out 
the CSO Web site at www.middle- 

on farming, but its abundance of 
natural resources such as oil, tim¬ 
ber and uranium made the land 
attractive to the Chinese govern¬ 

In 1949, the newly-founded 
People’s Republic of China invad¬ 
ed the area. Ten years later, the 
people of Tibet protested in a 
demonstration that Gyatso em¬ 
phasized as peaceful. As a result, 
approximately 100,000 Tibetans, 
including Gyatso, were arrested 
and placed in prisons. However, 
there was not enough space for all 
the prisoners and so several halls 
in Tibetan monasteries were con¬ 
verted into prisons. There, Ti¬ 
betans were kept in suffocating 
quarters and often starved to 
death on the meager rations of one 
bowl of soup a day. 

Gyatso was 28 years old when 
he was imprisoned and spent 23 
years of his life in prison. During 
his lecture, he recalled the words 
of a dying friend whose final wish 
was that if Gyatso survived he 
must “work for Tibet ... do some¬ 
thing for Tibet.” Not only did im¬ 
prisoned Tibetans live in inhu¬ 
mane conditions, they were also 
forced to work nine hours a day 
and often labored during the 
night. Gyatso described the work 
as “degrading” tasks. For example, 
prisoners were made, he said, to 
“yolk the fields, like animals.” Gy¬ 
atso claimed that this type of 
forced labor is still in practice 
today as documented in recent 

In perhaps the most distressing 
part of his speech, Gyatso de¬ 
scribed the methods of interroga¬ 
te Tibetan, page 12) 

Blowing Off Steam 

Louisa Conrad 

As part of President McCardells HI 405 seminar "The Civil War and American Historical Memory" 

Katherine Milgram ’03 sets off a canon during an evening of Civil War reenactments. 

Tibetan Monk Shares Stories, Horrors 


Staff Writer 

Many Americans see torture in 
prisons as an institution of the 
past — something that is not rele¬ 
vant to modern society. However, 
Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan monk 
who spoke in Bicentennial Hall on 
Sunday night, insisted that exactly 
the opposite is true. Gyatso offered 
stories of his experiences in a 
moving presentation co-spon¬ 
sored by Wonnacott Commons 
and the Center for Institutional 
Diversity, and organized by Stu¬ 
dents for a Free Tibet (SFT). Gyat¬ 
so provided a brief history of 
Tibet, described the torture he en¬ 
dured in a communist Chinese 
prison and urged “privileged” stu- 

The MoJo database includes 
over 20,000 internship 
opportunities shared by the 
top 20 liberal arts colleges. 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 


Page 11 

Israel and Palestine Find Peace in Poetry 


_ Staff Writer _ 

Side by side on Sept. 29, two dis¬ 
tinguished poets, one a Palestinian, 
the other an Israeli, brought the 
emotions and vivid imagery of war 
in the Middle East to a sizeable au¬ 
dience in the Robert A. Jones ’59 
Conference Room. 

Taha Muhammad Ali and 
Aharon Shabtai each read from 
their own work — Ali in Arabic, 
Shabtai in Hebrew — and were ac¬ 
companied by the commentary and 
English translation of Peter Cole. 
The event was sponsored by the 
Curt C. and Else Silberman Chair in 
Jewish Studies and the Saltz Judaica 

The poets were introduced by 
Dean of the Faculty Robert Schine 
and Peter Cole, who has translated 
the remarkable work of both poets. 
The reading was held in the memo¬ 
ry of both John Wallach *64 
(founder of the summer camp 
Seeds of Peace, which brings to¬ 
gether Arab and Israeli youth) and 
Curt C. Silberman. 

It was poignant not only for the 
beauty of the verses read, but also as 
a reminder of the ongoing cycle of 
violence in the poets' homeland. 
These moving words came directly 
from the perspectives of two men 
who have been affected by the ha¬ 
tred they write of and their desire to 
tell the stories behind each poem. 

Ali, born in 1931 in the village of 
Safuriyya, was forced to escape from 
his birthplace when it was bombed 
in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.Fleeing 
to Lebanon, he later returned to find 
his village turned to rubble, and 
then settled in Nazareth at around 
the age of 17. There he set up a sou¬ 
venir shop, became an Israeli citizen 
and has since written four books of 
poetry in Arabic. Ali’s gestures and 
deep, gravelly voice played on the 
nuances of his language in his read¬ 
ing of his work last Sunday night. All 
of the poems were from his collec¬ 
tion “Never Mind,” published in 

He began with a short piece from 
the group of poems entitled “Twigs,” 
which ended with “art is worthless / 
unless it plants / a measure of splen¬ 
dor in people's hearts.” Ali re¬ 
marked, “Art has to contribute, to 
produce a splendor in people’s 
hearts. Otherwise, it is not art ... If 

Julia Randall 

Translator Peter Cole introduces poets Aharon Shabta of Israel and Taha 
Muhammad Ali, a Palestinian author who lives in Nazareth. 

I succeed tonight, I will be happy.” 
This first poem was followed by 
“Warning,”“Meeting at an Airport,” 
“Abd El-Hadi Fights a Superpower,” 
another poem from “Twigs” and 
“Sabha’s Rope”. 

Ali’s poetry does not automati¬ 
cally bring to mind the word “splen¬ 
dor.” It deals with the issues of dis¬ 
placement, destruction, violence 
and desperation faced in Palestine. 
“Warning,” he writes,“says my hap¬ 
piness / bears no relation to happi¬ 
ness.” But this sadness is conveyed 
in a subtle way. The images of nature 
and kind characters portrayed in 
these poems bring a muted, gentler 
face to the suffering without lessen¬ 
ing its intensity. The poems are all 
political without being violent or 
aggressive — they are bittersweet 
and even ironic. 

“Abd El-Hadi Fights a Super¬ 
power,” a poem that Ali had at first 
been reluctant to read in the United 
States because of its political state¬ 
ments, is about the innocent Abd 
El-Hadi. This character would, if he 
ever met the crew of the aircraft car¬ 
rier Enterprise who attacked him, 
“serve them eggs / sunny side up / 
and labneh / fresh from the bag.” 

Another poem, “Sabha’s Rope,” 
tells the tale of a village cow, Sabha, 
who dies from eating a rope. Ali says 
of the village that “the bitterness was 

good / like chicory / or better!” and 
“I would have preferred ... to swal¬ 
low a rope longer than Sabha’s / if 
only / we could have stayed in our 
village.” Despite the sorrow, the sec¬ 
ond portion from “Twigs” is a clear 
warning against letting this sorrow 
turn to hatred: “After we die ... hate 
will be / the first thing / to putrefy / 
within us.” 

Shabtai’s poetry is also intensely 
political, but can be much fiercer 
and more explicit than Ali’s. Shabtai 
was born in 1939, lectures at Tel 
Aviv University and has written 
more than 15 volumes of poetry, as 
well as being ah award-winning 
translator of Greek drama. He has 
been described as “the most impor¬ 
tant Israeli poet of his generation.” 
Often published in Haaretz , the Is¬ 
raeli daily newspaper, Shabtai is ac¬ 
tive in his condemnation of Israel’s 
policies towards the Palestinians — 
he has gone to the Occupied Terri¬ 
tories to distribute food, and was 
once part of a crowd tear-gassed by 
the Israeli army. This provocative 
stance is reflected in his poetry, in 
which he concentrates on writing 
about the Intifada. 

“When [the Intifada] began two 
years ago,” Shabtai said, “I reacted 
immediately. Something happened 
on Wednesday, so I wrote it on 
Wednesday ... These are poems of 

Bob’s Rapid Fire 

This week: 5 Questions with 
Melissa Dragon 

Photos by Louisa Conrad 

—Dining Service. 

Question 1: How many piz¬ 
zas does Ross chum out 
over the course of a day? 
Dragon: Over 150, actually. 
Question 2: How is it that 
Neil and Otto's costs money 
but yours' are much better? 
Dragon: I guess we're just 
awesome, that's all. 

Question 3: Have you ever 
dated the brother of a 
student on campus? 

Dragon: Ha! Yes. 

Question 4: Very interesting. 
Let's see now. Does this 

job beat your old one at 
the bag lunch station? 
Dragon: Yup, by far. 

Question 5: All right, last 
question. To get the area of 
a pizza pie what would 

you multiply r 2 by? 

Dragon: Funny. Pi, I guess. 

quick reaction.” He openly admitted 
that his material is meant to be po¬ 
litically provoking. “You say,‘I want 
to get rid of the Palestinians and the 
Arabs’ I say‘I don’t want that.’” 

Shabtai read from his collection 
“Love and Selected Poems” as well 
as from his soon-to-be-published 
collection “Politics.” The poems in¬ 
cluded “War,” “Culture,” numbers 
six, 20 and 21 from “Love,” “The 
Prayer Book,” “The Door” and 
“Lotta Abdel-Shafi.” 

“War” and “Culture” were the 
most explicit poems of the evening. 
“War” declares, “You’ll need to di¬ 
vert part of the force / deployed to 
wipe out the Arabs — / to drive 
them out of their homes / and ex¬ 
propriate their land — / and set it 
against me.” “Culture” speaks of “a 
soldier who shoots / at the head of a 
child”. (Most of the poetry from 
“Love” and “The Door,” however, 
were non-political poems). 

Shabtai spoke in between his 
poems of his wishes for a return to 
“the essence of Judaism — living 
together in the land of Palestine and 
Israel. We still have some hope.”This 
hope for living together is obvious 
in the poem “Lotta Abdel-Shafi,” in 
which Shabtai wishes his daughter 
Lotta would marry the grandson of 
Heydar Abdel-Shafi, an activist 
from Gaza. 

The sight of two elderly poets 
from Palestinian and Israeli back¬ 
grounds coming together to spread 
their message as one certainly ex¬ 
tends more of that hope for recon¬ 
ciliation. Shabtai and Ali have done 
joint readings before, and clearly 
think highly of each other. Shabtai 
agreed that their poems comple¬ 
ment each other, and said of Ali, “I 
like him very much. I think we are 
children of the same earth. There 
are similarities in our work.” Ali 
speaks of Shabtai as “good-hearted” 
and “progressive.” 

Shabtai has been called much less 
flattering names in Israel, where his 
work has been greatly criticized in 
furious letters to the editor of 
Haaretz. When asked for a response 
to one of these criticisms that he did 
not write about the suicide attacks 
in Israel and their effect, Shabtai an¬ 
swered, “Of course, I have children 
who go to school, I am afraid of all 
kinds of terror. But I don’t write 
about what the other side is doing. I 
write about my side. I think we have 
to start from our side. It is about 
morals. If the Jewish side acts 
morally, the other side will see this, 
and they will act morally.” 

Of the current situation in his 
homeland, Shabtai thought that 
“now is the most dark hour in all my 
life. But if you speak of hope ... 
Crazy people, now, they go to all this 
craziness — it will lead to nothing. 
People will see the only option. Like 
in Greek tragedy, only punishment 
will cause something to happen. 
Then there will be hope.” 

Ali commented, “I think peace 
needs to come from a U.N. resolu¬ 
tion ... To get a state of Palestine be¬ 
side a state of Israel, then there will 
be peace ... I think poetry brings 
people together, breaks barriers be¬ 
tween languages and nations. I 
think poetry is the language of hu¬ 
mans, and if you hear it, it will make 
you better.” And will he ever stop 
writing poetry? “Never,” Ali replied 
firmly. “That’s when I stop breath¬ 

Sex and 




During those two weeks of 
eternity at the end of the summer 

— you know, the weeks when 
everyone else has gone back to 
college and we Midd-kids are left 
still counting the days — my sum¬ 
mer fling ended in a dramatized 
version of “Well, um, since we’re 
both going to college in opposite 
directions ...” My friends were 
away, and now I had a broken 
heart; the two weeks of eternity 
had suddenly become purgatory. 
What was I going to do? Well, I did 
what every self-respecting, heart¬ 
broken girl does: I got in my car 
and drove to the nearest super¬ 
market and video store. But some¬ 
how, despite my best intentions of 
drowning myself in ice cream and 
fairy tales, I ended up tearless — 
and addicted to the HBO sitcom 
“Sex and the City.” 

At the supermarket, I balked at 
the fat content of Ben & jerry’s 
Half Baked and went for the 
frozen yogurt instead. And then in 
the video store, I passed over 
every proven tear-jerker chick 
flick (“Pretty Woman,” “Jerry 
Maguire” “The Wedding Plan¬ 
ner”) until, wait, what was this? 
“Sex and the City”? The video 
jacket promised stories of four 
women in New York City trying to 
find themselves while also finding 
husbands — about as chick flick 
as possible. 1 checked out the first 
season, and soon I forgot my cry- 
fest and, yes, became addicted to 
“Sex and the City”. 

But what about it had I become 
addicted to? Did the stories of the 
four women empower me beyond 
chick flicks and ice cream? Or was 
I obsessed because “Sex and the 
City" raises almost every question 
about relationships that begs to be 
asked? Was I — and the other mil¬ 
lions of “Sex and the City” viewers 

— just addicted to the answers of 
these questions, to the thought 
that maybe by watching this show 
I would learn what relationships 
are all about? When my brother 
stopped by to shake his head in 
disgust at me and then ended up 
staying for an entire episode, 1 re¬ 
alized: We are all obsessed by the 
questions and answers of relation¬ 

Which is where this column be¬ 
gins. Club Midd is full of eligible 
bachelors and bachelorettes but 
also full of its own dating rules. So 
it’s time to start asking some of the 
Middlebury sex and relationship 
questions ... What’s the deal with 
sex at Middlebury? Why does it 
seem that most Midd-kids don’t 
date other Midd-kids? How has 
Stalker Finder — oops, 1 mean 
People Finder —• changed the dat¬ 
ing scene? And what happens if 
you actually talk to your Proctor 
(or now Ross) crush? “Sex and the 
College” will finally answer all 
these questions (and more), so 
stay tuned and get addicted. And 
hey, brush up on your “When 
Harry Met Sally” trivia for next 

Page 12 


Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Tibetan Monk Encourages Students to Promote Human Rights 

(continued from page 10) 
tion the Chinese used and contin¬ 
ue to inflict on Tibetan prisoners. 
Before 1981, methods of torture 
included the use of handcuffs and 

the practice of being tied up naked 
in the cold. Since 1981, Chinese 
prison guards have used electric 
cattle prods on prisoners. Gyatso 
himself experienced such torture. 

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The inside of his mouth was de¬ 
stroyed when a cattle prod was 
shoved down his throat by Chi¬ 
nese guards. Amnesty Interna¬ 
tional of London provided him 
with a full set of dentures in 1995. 
Gyatso also demonstrated for the 
audience that he is unable to lift 
his arms fully away from his body 
due to the torture he endured. He 
told the students that he stills 
bears scars all over his body. 

Shockingly, Gyatso claimed that 
conditions in Tibet are actually 
getting worse and that people are 
dying of suffocation while locked 
in solitary confinement. Gyatso 
insisted that he has no hate for the 
Chinese people because he be¬ 
lieves that they have suffered from 
the government of the communist 
regime as well. Gyatso’s life story is 
told in the book‘‘The Autobiogra¬ 
phy of a Tibetan Monk,” with a 
forward by the Dalai Lama. Gyat¬ 

so is currently on an east to west 
lecture tour of colleges in the 
United States organized by the 
New York City headquarters of 

He concluded his lecture on 
Sunday night by urging students 
to remember how privileged they 
are, and to recall that 200 years 
ago others gave their lives so that 
Americans could have freedom. 
He asked today’s youth to “make 
sure humans live all over the world 
without war, that people enjoy 
human rights as they should.” In 
order to help promote human 
rights in Tibet, Gyatso encourages 
students to become involved in 
the Middlebury branch of SFT. He 
also urged the audience to write 
on behalf of Tibet to the United 
Nations, an organization that Gy¬ 
atso believes has “turned its back 
on Tibet when it needed help.” 

was the SFT’s first project of the 
year, but weekly meetings will 
soon be held each Thursday. In 
previous years, the club has con¬ 
centrated on fighting for the re¬ 
lease of former Middlebury visit¬ 
ing student and Fulbright Scholar 
Ngawang Choephel, who was im¬ 
prisoned in Tibet from October 
1995 until January 2002. This year 
the club plans to “focus on politi¬ 
cal prisoners in general,” accord¬ 
ing to the president of Middle- 
bury’s SFT, Tenzin Wangyal. 
Specifically, they hope to help free 
nuns in Drapchi Prison. The orga¬ 
nization also hopes to sponsor a 
ban on Chinese goods in the near 
future. Like Gyatso, Wangyal en¬ 
courages students who wish to 
help Tibet to write letters to the 
United Nations and the U.S. gov¬ 
ernment and to participate in SFT 
activities, including the proposed 

Bringing Gyatso to Middlebury boycott. 

Bob’s Big Day Gives Way to Melee 

(continued from page 10) 
it’s great that you’re interested in 
your grandchild’s college newspa¬ 
per. Really, I do. 

After the Pound class was over, I 
managed to gather enough energy 
to walk to Voter and pick up my 
iMac, which had been in the custody 
of ITS, ever since it had told me of 
its “fatal error” two weeks earlier. 
Today, my computer and me were to 
be reunited. It was to be a joyous 

So, I walked in the room, stood 
by the door and listened to the com¬ 
puter man explain how the fatal 
error had been caused by internal 
extensive damage to the systems file 
folder hard drive with megabytes 
and RAM serving as primary pro¬ 
jectors of viral intensive Web-based 
mechanical errors. This seemed to 
make perfect sense, so I picked up 
the 30-pound blue machine and 
carried it across campus to my 
room, where I plugged it in. 

My iMac welcomed me back into 
its world exactly as I had hoped it 
would, and all seemed to be back to 
normal. I wrote my column. I 
checked e-mail. I perused sports 
scores. I even threw on a desktop 
photo to remind me of summer. 

But just when it looked like my 
iMac and me would be able to set 
aside our past differences and look 
ahead to a brighter future, it mocked 
my very existence. 

It told me of its new fatal error as 
a young boy describes a burp — 
with pure, unadulterated pride.“And 
one other thing,” it explained in a lit- 

tle text box with a bomb graphic. 
“That column you just wrote ... 
You’re gonna have to write it all over 

I always knew my computer was 
smarter than me. What I didn’t 
know was that its very name is sim¬ 
ply a shorter version of, “I Mock 
You.” So much for my big day. 

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Like btrils at rest high among the trees , 
Thy roofs and spires among the hill tops lie... 

— R.M. B.I.’liT dbi of 187-f £ J.C Hinw dlSs Of 1881 


Page 14 


Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Despite Student Pessimism, Commons Train Steams On 


Special Sections Editor 

“Get on board, the train has left 
the station!” Dean of Advising and 
Assistant Professor of American 
Literature Karl Lindholm doesn’t 
beat around the bush when it 
comes to discussing one of the 
school’s most controversial initia¬ 
tives. “The College is committed to 
the commons.” 

Lindholm’s words seal what 
many students fear is true: that the 
continuing decentralization of their 
school is a fact. In a survey con¬ 
ducted by The Campus last month 
(see pages 16 and 17), the vast ma¬ 
jority of current Middlebury stu¬ 
dents expressed concern regarding 
the path that the College is taking. 

The poll found that a quarter of 
the 280 survey participants “never” 
feel a sense of community within 
their commons, 33 percent only 
know their commons administra¬ 
tors via e-mail and/or wouldn’t rec¬ 
ognize them in person and that just 
26 percent say they “regularly” at¬ 
tend commons events. When asked 
to provide 
the vast ma¬ 
jority ex¬ 
pressed dis¬ 
taste for the 
idea of decen¬ 


avalanche of 
students stat¬ 
ed that they 
felt that the 
commons sys¬ 
tem and the 
various buildings being built to ac¬ 
commodate it were unnecessary at 
such a small school. Several more 
expressed distaste for the obstacles 
inherent in commons-structured 
room draw, and numerous respon¬ 
dents wondered whether encourag¬ 
ing commons communities would 
hinder the cohesiveness of the 
greater College community. A 
number of students — and not 
only first-years — expressed con¬ 

fusion over what the role of the 
commons is on campus now and 
what it will be in the future. 

Lindholm attempted to assuage 
concerns, saying that the commons 
system is “a way of organizing resi¬ 
dential life that allows us to meet 
goals that...will really benefit stu¬ 
dents.” However, he acknowledged 
that convincing them that this ini¬ 
tiative truly is taking the College in 
a positive direction is not anything 
that will happen overnight. With 
the opening of Ross and LaForce 
halls, the presence of the commons 
has gone from abstract to physical, 
and, as Lindholm asserted, is here 
to stay. Yet many students are not 
aware of the history of or ideals be¬ 
hind the College’s master plan. 

In 1989, campus fraternities 
were dissolved on the recommen¬ 
dation of the Task Force on Student 
Social Life. The College, noting the 
exclusivity of the Greek system, de¬ 
cided to pursue the development of 
dormitory clusters that would ad¬ 
vocate inclusivity and, through de¬ 
centralized support services and 
faculty ties, 
bridge the so¬ 
cial and aca¬ 
demic as¬ 
pects of 

student life. 
This vision 
spurred the 
creation of 
the five com¬ 
mons and de¬ 
of student 
support in 
1991 as well 
as further articulation of the goals 
by task forces between 1992 and 
1997. In May of 1997, the “Retro¬ 
spective Review of the Middlebury 
College Commons System (1992- 
1997)” was completed. It noted that 
the potential benefits of the com¬ 
mons would not be realized unless 
the College took greater steps to in¬ 
stitutionalize the system. Several 
paths of action were suggested, in¬ 
cluding one that called for full de¬ 

centralization. It was this plan that 
President John McCardell present¬ 
ed to the Board of Trustees in the 
fall of 1997. The Board subsequent¬ 
ly laid out the foundation of the ini¬ 
tiative with a call for 1) decentral¬ 
ized dining, 2) proximate housing 
for a faculty associate and 3) con¬ 
tinuing membership for students. 

At the end of that school year, the 
Residential Life Committee, a divi¬ 
sion of Community Council com¬ 
prised of students, faculty and ad¬ 
ministration, completed the 
Enhanced Residential Plan. This 
document outlined the initiatives 
currently most familiar to the stu¬ 
dent body, such as the creation of 
dormitory clusters including com¬ 
mons-specific dining halls, mascots 
and colors, government boards and 
first-year seminars. It also recom¬ 
mended that students be required 
to live in their assigned commons 
for their first two years at Middle¬ 
bury with the exception of those 
choosing to live in an academic in¬ 
terest or social house. The College 
does not intend to implement this 

aspect of the design until there is 
‘equal’ housing available for all 
commons. It also has asserted that 
it will never require students to eat 
in a particular dining hall, nor does 
it intend to raise on-campus stu¬ 
dent population much beyond 
where it rests now (about 2,300). 
Lindholm described the final ver¬ 
sion of the commons system as 
being “present” but “not oppres¬ 

The adoption of the Enhanced 
Residential Plan quickly led to the 
creation of the College’s Master 
Plan to build new facilities to ac¬ 
commodate the expanded com¬ 
mons system. Ross Commons’ 
opening this fall marks the end of 
the first phase in the development, 
and Atwater Commons construc¬ 
tion is slated for completion in time 
for the 2004-2005 academic year. 
Executive Vice President of Facili¬ 
ties Planning Dave Ginevan noted 
that the completion of Cook and 
Wonnacott commons will be de¬ 
pendent upon the availability of 
building funds. It is anticipated that 

Brainerd Commons would encom¬ 
pass most of the south side of cam¬ 
pus and retain Proctor as its dining 

With the physical completion of 
the commons scheme nowhere in 
sight, it is little wonder that many 
current students question the effec¬ 
tiveness and necessity of the initia¬ 
tive. Many complain about the con¬ 
struction outside their windows, 
further noting that even if the 
arrangement does prove to be ben¬ 
eficial in the future, they will not 
have the opportunity to experience 

Lindholm, who along with his 
wife Brett Millier, Reginald L. Cook 
Professor of American Literature, 
served as faculty head of Atwater 
Commons as well as interim facul¬ 
ty head of Ross and Brainerd com¬ 
mons, suggested that the benefits of 
the commons are already quite vis¬ 

“The commons system has 
provided through student 
leadership ... richness in social and 
(see “Commons,” page 19) 

Get on board, the train has 
already left the station! The 
College is committed to the 

—Karl Lindholm, dean of 
advising and assistant pro¬ 
fessor of American 

1800: Founding of 
Middlebury College 

1836:Old Chapel, 
originally used for 
worship and class¬ 
room space 

1861 :Starr Hall 

1901:Warner Hall, 
used as the College's 
first science building 

1900:Starr Library 
(received several addi¬ 
tions, the most recent 
being the Meredith 
Wing in 1979) 

1911:Pearsons Hall,used as 
the first women's dormitory 

1912: McCullough 
Gym (now houses 
McCullough Student 
Center) & the 
Service Building 

Hepburn Hall, late 1930s 

1815: Construction 

1800 of Painter Hall as 

first College acade¬ 
mic building and 

Photos courtesy of Starr Library Archives 

Painter Hall , late 1930s 


1916:Hepburn Hall 
& Mead Chapel 

1925: Le Chateau 

1913:Voter Hall 

1936: Forest Hall 

The College has no plans to force students to eat in their commons' dining hall. 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 


Page 15 

Innovative Design, Traditional Palette 

New Architecture is “Modern Yet Middlehury ” 


_ Staff Writer _ 

“Modern, yet Middlehury” is an 
apt way to describe the architec¬ 
tural style of the new buildings 
going up around campus. 

The structures, which must be 
both functional and aesthetically 
pleasing, feature innovative design 
combined with traditional College 
building materials. 

Each building, from the Atwater 
Commons expansion dormitories 
to the Ross Dining Hall, has been 
designed to fit in with the rest of 
campus, either by echoing the 
shapes of existing buildings or by 
blending into the landscape 
through use of the classic granites 
and marbles particular to the Col¬ 

The two Atwater resi¬ 
dence halls, which will 
be built behind Le 
Chateau, are meant to re¬ 
call Painter Hall and the 
other buildings of Old 
Stone Row (Old Chapel 
and Starr Hall). 

The facade of the new 
buildings will be “split- 
face” stone, a rougher 
stone than that used on 
Bicentennial or LaForce 
halls, but similar to that seen on 

When Painter was built in 1815, 
a slightly rougher and less expen¬ 
sive stone was used on the back 
and sides than on the front in an 
effort to reduce construction costs. 

This feature of Painter has been 
included in the design of the At¬ 
water residences to visually link 
them to Old Stone Row. The front 
of the Atwater buildings, which 
will open up onto a green, will be 
made of a finished stone like that 
which appears on the front of Old 

The design of the new Atwater 
dormitories will also feature the 
same parapet and recessed win¬ 
dows of Painter, as well as the rec¬ 

tangular red brick chimneys found 
on both Painter and Starr Halls. 

The chimneys, however, will not 
be used in the traditional way, but 
will instead serve as part of the 
buildings’ natural ventilation sys¬ 
tems. Fans set up in the attics of 
each of the new buildings will cre¬ 
ate internal breezes and draw air 
up through the chimneys. 

Both residence halls, which will 
serve as senior housing, will have 
several town houses and what 
Treasurer Emeritus and Executive 
Vice President of Facilities Plan¬ 
ning David Ginevan calls “vertical 

Rather than having suites open 
up on to a main hall, the Atwater 
structures will have multiple out¬ 

side entrances providing access to 
an upper and a lower apartment. 
The stacked design will provide 
each unit with windows on both 
sides of the building and allow for 

This highlight, combined with 
the attic fans, will allow the build¬ 
ings to be cooled naturally and 
eliminate the need for air condi¬ 

Inspiration for the design of the 
new Atwater Dining Hall did not 
come from other buildings on 
campus, but from the landscape it¬ 

The building, which will be lo¬ 
cated to the north of the Johnson 
parking lot, was designed to be less 
obtrusive than other buildings on 


The flying saucer-shaped struc¬ 
ture, which will feature views to 
the southeast of town, will have 
sloped and vegetated “green roof” 
to help it blend in with its sur¬ 
roundings when viewed from 
above. It is being built into a hill¬ 
side and will consist of only one 
floor, further linking it to the land¬ 

The new library and technology 
center, also curvy in design, will 
round out the east end of the cam¬ 

Its location below Old -Stone 
Row will make it one of the most 
prominent buildings seen as one 
approaches the campus from 
town, and it will essentially serve 
as a link between the 
College and the local 

“There’s a curve in 
the library as you ap¬ 
proach campus, so the 
building is always falling 
away from you,” noted 
Ginevan. He explained 
that although the design 
will be more modern, 
the classic granite and 
marble will appear very 
familiar. “You’ll be able 
to see the balance and contrast be¬ 
tween Old Stone Row and the new 

Both the Atwater Commons ex¬ 
pansion, designed by KieranTim- 
berlake Associates, and the new li¬ 
brary, designed by Gwathmey 
Siegel Associates, are slated to 
open in the fall of 2004. 

The projects are projected to 
cost $35 and $40 million, respec¬ 
tively. The primary structure of the 
buildings will be completed by the 
end of this school year. 

LaForce Hall, part of the recent¬ 
ly completed Ross Commons pro¬ 
ject, designed by Tai Soo Kim Part¬ 
ners and costing $19.5-$20 
million, echoes Old Chapel in its 
design. Old Chapel’s proportions 

There's a curve in the library as you 
approach campus, so the building is 
always falling away from you...You'll be 
able to see the balance and contrast 
between Old Stone Row and the new 

— David Ginevan, executive vice 
president of Facilities Planning 

Louisa Conrad 

Middleburys architecture is modern and innovative. 

and overall structure can be iden¬ 
tified when the building is seen 
from the east. 

The placement of the windows 
and the shape of the roof are im¬ 
portant elements in visually link¬ 
ing the two buildings. Aluminum 
framed windows of the Ross 
buildings are colored to fit in with 
the granite facade and metal roof¬ 

The locally mined granite of the 
new buildings correspondes with 
others around campus and the 
state of Vermont. Granite is part of 
what Ginevan refers to as the 
“Middlebury palette” of materials 
found locally and seen in many 
older buildings on campus. 

The curved roof of Ross Hall, 
which houses the dining facility, is 
a significant innovation. 

When viewed from Route 125 
West, however, the shape of the 
roof is not distinguishable and the 
building appears consistent in 
style and aligned with Hadley, 
Kelly and Lang halls. 

Ross’s elongated design and 
large windows offer sweeping 
western views of the Adirondack 
mountains on the New York side of 
Lake Champlain, yet another ex¬ 
ample of the College’s careful ef¬ 
forts to balance modern expansion 
with pastoral surroundings. 

Deborah Jones also contributed 
to this article. 

1940:Gifford Hall 1968:Science Center (recycled fall, 

2001) & Johnson Memorial Building 

1949: Memorial 
Field House 

1950-1955:Battell Hall 

1958: Wright Theater 
1963: Allen Hall 

1969-1971: Milliken, 
Hadley, Kelly & Lang halls 

1970: Cook-Freeman- 
Hamlin Societies (name 
later changed to Freeman 
International Center) 

Aerial View , 1942 

2002: Ross & 
LaForce halls 

1965:Sunderland Language 
Center & Dana Auditorium 

1960: Proctor Hall 

1975: Davis & Atwater 

1956:Stewart Hall 

1951 :Carr Hall 
1941: Munroe Hall 

1974: Fletcher Field House 
(deconstructed 2002,tem¬ 
porarily replaced by "The 

1992: Center for the 
Arts & Ridgeline 
Woods expansion 

1998:Kenyon Ice Rink 


2004: Fall opening of 
Atwater Commons 
expansion & library 
and technology center 

1 999:Bicentennial Hall 

The new Atwater Dining Hall will feature a 'green roof' with live vegetation. 

Page 16 


Wednesday, October 2,2002 

280 Middlebury Students Took A Poll... 

I’ve been in three different commons since starting at Middlebury. 

— Junior Female 

I feel the commons singles kids out sometimes because they can’t live 
with friends and move to other dorms. It’s horrible when it comes to 
room draw. 

— Sophomore Male 

I love my hall, and the presence of the commons dean, CRAs and JCs 
makes it easy to get questions answered and problems settled. 

— First-year Female 

The deans are always more than happy to help us. 


— Junior Male 

I think the nature of the commons system goes against my sense of 
community rather than fostering one. 

— First-year Male 

"Do you feel a sense of community within your commons?" 

"What is the frequency of your encounters with your commons 
dean, faculty heads or coordinator?" 


Only know them 1 to 2 3 to 6 

via email times/year times/year 





12 . 6 % 

Rarefy: 30.7% 



The commons are extremely effective for support services, but five 

dining halls is excessive. 
— Senior Female 

I’m still not exactly sure what the commons system is supposed to 

be, nor what its role on campus is. 

— Sophomore Male 



"Do you regularly attend commons activities?" 


There is a lot more we can do to improve the commons system .... It will 
be a while before we sand the rough corners. However, I see much 
potential and support this system wholeheartedly. 

— Junior Male 

I think the completed commons system will help students to identify 
with their commons but it will prevent them from getting to know the 
rest of the student body and campus as a whole. 

— Sophomore Male 

I’m not clear why a small liberal arts college is trying to spend money 
and build more buildings when the existing facilities are adequate. Has 
anyone thought of lowering the tuition fees? I’m 100 percent positive 
this would make students happy. 

— Senior Male 

Notes on methodology: 280 students (66 first-years, 75 sophomores, 66 juniors and 73 
seniors) were surveyed Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 during weekend brunch in Ross and Ham¬ 
lin dining halls. Twenty percent were polled in Hamlin and 80 percent in Ross. This de¬ 
cision was based on Middining's counts of students at weekend brunchs in both dining 
halls. Participants answered a series of multiple choice questions but also had the op¬ 
portunity to provide comments. The statements above are from students who indicated 
that they would be willing to be anonymously quoted. The statistics and comments pre¬ 
sented in this section are the opinions of the survey participants and do not necessarily 
reflect the views of the Campus newspaper. _ 

I go to commons-sponsored events if the speaker interests me, not 

because it’s my commons. 
— Senior Female 

If we have to live, eat and play intramural sports only with the 
people in our commons, how are we supposed to create the larger 

community of Middlebury College? 

— Senior Male 

58% of polled sophomores, juniors and seniors 

To get "better To gain an To live with/close No room in previous Assigned to a new 

housing" advantage in future to friends commons commons during 

room draws summer draw or 

upon return from 

124 students reported having changed commons.These are 
the reasons they gave for their moves. Students were allowed 
to select more than one answer. 

#1 complaint made by respondents: Ross Dining Hall lines are too long. 


Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Page 17 

...And This Is What They Had To Say: 

"How will the completed commons system 
chanae the way students identify with their 
respective commons?" 

They will identify more with their commons: 50% 

They will identify less with their commons: 4% 

There will he no change: 46% 

"How many times per week do you eat at...?" 

16 or more 

4 to 7 

Fewer than 3 

0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 

Number of students 

Note: Students did not have the option of selecting "16 or more" meals eaten at Proctor, 
as the dining hall isnot open on weekends. 

It is tough to be a vegetarian at Ross. 

— First-year Male 

Ross is not well-designed for short people. 

— Sophomore Female 

The cafeteria people are the coolest! 

— Sophomore Male 

If they had spent 10 minutes thinking about the number of people 
using the space, maybe it would not take 15 minutes to return a tray. 

— Junior Female 

Ross is great, but sometimes I like to eat with a fork. 

— Senior Male 

Ross is a wannabee revamped Aspen ski lodge food court. 

— Senior Male 

Love the Mongolian grill and its stir fry, but only so many times 
each week. The pizza is also tasty. 

— First-year Female 

The food selection at the other dining halls has clearly watered. 

— Sophomore Female 

I know one thing: I miss outside dining. 

— Senior Male 

Though Ross is amazing, either it needs a full salad bar or Proctor 
needs healthy meals in the hot line. 

— Senior Female 

Ross dining hall is amazing. Anyone who says it isn’t is a spoiled 
child that knows nothing about the world and cannot appreciate the 
opportunity we have to have wholesome meals three times a day. 

— Senior Female 

Open Proctor on the weekends — with real food! 

— Junior Male 

I think Middlebury College is secretly plotting to make all the stu¬ 
dents gain weight. Why else would pizza suddenly be everywhere and 
salad nowhere? When EQ (Environmental Quality) weighs the stu¬ 
dents instead of weighing food waste this year, you’ll see... 

— Senior Female 

"Rate these qualities of the new Ross dining facility. For consistency, 
we ask that you compare Ross to other dining halls at Middlebury 
and other college campuses. 1 = Low, 5 = High." 

Food Quality 


Food Selection 

Ease of Use 


#1 recommendation made by survey respondents: open Proctor on the weekends. 

Page 18 


Wednesday, October 2,2002 

“There is No Ideal Solution, Just a Right Direction” 

College Strives to Balance Expansion Projects with Environmental Conciousness 


Associate Editor 

“There is no ideal solution, just 
the right direction” concluded the 
“Guiding Principles” adopted in 
May 1999 by the Project Review 
Committee. The Committee, with 
special guidance from Nan Jenks- 
Jay, director of environmetal af¬ 
fairs, and Dave Ginevan, executive 
vice president of facilities, ensures 
that Middlebury remains at the 
forefront of the environmental 
movement while going about its 
current construction boom. 

Design considerations in 
LaForce and Ross halls demon¬ 
strate such efforts to go the right 
direction. Soaring windows in the 
dining hall ensure abundant natur¬ 
al light and less dependence on ar¬ 
tificial lighting. Ninety-five percent 
of the wood in LaForce and Ross 
Dining Hall comes from sustain¬ 
ably-managed forests in 
Vermont. Additionally, 
the chairs and sofas in 
lounge areas are all 
made of wood from Ver¬ 
mont Family Forests, a 
compact of sustainably- 
harvested forest lands 
that includes acreage 
near the Bread Loaf 
campus. Finally, Energy- 
Star washing machines 
may be found in the 

Yet not every environ¬ 
mentally friendly element of de¬ 
sign can be seen. This is the case 
with the granite in the courtyard 
outside the new dining hall. The 
stones here are discards from a 
local monument company. The en¬ 
graving mistakes are on the under¬ 
side of the stones and invisible as 
one walks across the sleek new 

Going the right direction also 
means that before construction 
even began on the new library and 
Atwater Commons complex, the 
Project Review Committee 
stressed bettering the national en¬ 
ergy efficiency building code stan¬ 
dards by 40 percent. 

The rewards for the College are 
significant in moving forward 
through “green” planning. Tom 
McGinn, project manager with fa¬ 
cilities planning, noted that Effi¬ 
ciency Vermont, Vermont’s 
statewide energy efficiency utility, 
is helping the College finance the 
installation of lighting sensors in 
the new library that will automati¬ 
cally adjust light levels in accor¬ 
dance with the amount of natural 
light flowing in through windows. 
McGinn stated that the College re¬ 

pays the capital investment of en¬ 
ergy efficient systems, including 
the new library’s light sensors, in 
short periods of time. Jenks-Jay 
echoed McGinn’s comments: “En¬ 
ergy efficient, water-saving and 
computer-controlled smart moni¬ 
toring systems to adjust them have 
short payback periods in the sav¬ 
ings they provide.” 

Other financial rewards come in 
the form of the College paying less 
for transportation and shipping 
costs by purchasing construction 
materials locally. This commit¬ 
ment has arisen through the “Cor¬ 
nerstone” compact which the Col¬ 
lege has spearheaded. According to 
Connie Bisson, sustainable cam¬ 
pus coordinator, the compact aims 
to get architects to buy locally 
when building so as to reduce their 
costs and stimulate the local econ¬ 
omy. Bisson noted that when pur¬ 

This responsible attitude towards 
new building and renovation on 
campus is something that has put 
Middlebury College out front as a 
leader and is being recognized 

—Nan Jenks-Jay, director of 
Environmental Affairs 

chasing stone for use in the new 
dining hall, the College chose to 
purchase from a supplier just over 
the border in Quebec, versus hav¬ 
ing stone shipped from the West. 
Doing so, she said, has multiple 
payoffs: The College saves money 
in shipping costs, supports local 
industry and, on a greater level, ad¬ 
dresses the issue of fossil fuels. “We 
reduce fossil fuel use by not buying 
items from far away. Reducing car¬ 
bon demands means reducing our 
contribution to greenhouse gas 
emissions,” Bisson explained. 

In acting as a leader in innova¬ 
tive, environmentally-sensitive de¬ 
sign, Middlebury also plays the 
role of mentor. Jenks-Jay, com¬ 
mented on the College’s enviable 
position: “This responsible atti¬ 
tude towards new building and 
renovation on campus is some¬ 
thing that has put Middlebury 
College out front as a leader and is 
being recognized nationally.” In 
coming weeks, the University of 
Vermont’s forestry students will 
visit Middlebury to learn about 
certified wood products used in 
LaForce Hall, while architects from 
across the state will convene at 

Middlebury in November to study 
environmentally friendly plan¬ 

Last week, Jenks-Jay was inter¬ 
viewed by the Osgood Report in 
San Francisco. The Osgood Report 
is an environmental radio show 
that reaches an audience of nearly 
125,000 people. In her interview 
Jenks-Jay highlighted that nearly 
98 percent of the Old Science cen¬ 
ter was recycled in deconstruction 
last fall. 

Bisson takes this example of re¬ 
cycling a step further. By not send¬ 
ing materials to a landfill to de¬ 
compose, the College curtails 
methane gas releases, a policy that 
works for the recycling of old 
buildings as well as it works for 
students recycling paper products. 

A natural question arises: How 
did the College become a model 
and how does it work with its ar- 

_ chitects to implement en- 



Jenks-Jay said that she 
and Ginevan developed a 
series of sustainable de¬ 
sign and construction 
standards that was ap¬ 
proved by the College’s 
Board of Trustees in the 
spring of 2000. Jenks-Jay 
and Ginevan used the 
United States Green 

Building Council’s Lead¬ 
ership in Energy and En¬ 
vironmental Design, called 

“LEED” standards, as a frame¬ 
work. These standards were mod¬ 
ified to fit Middlebury’s own ambi¬ 
tions and incorporated into the 
College’s Master Plan, which pro¬ 
vides architects with a conceptual 
blueprint in planning new con¬ 
struction projects. 

McGinn also mentioned that 
Middlebury’s lead proceeds from 
general attention to advances in 
environmental design. “From the 
state, from our own standards, 
from our consultants and peers, we 
learn what’s new in terms of inno¬ 
vation and new technology,” 
McGinn commented. 

Along with the light sensors in 
the new library, McGinn pre¬ 
viewed the energy-efficient design 
of the new Atwater residence hall. 
According to McGinn, the suites in 
the new dorm will occupy the en¬ 
tire floor so that students may 
open windows on either side of the 
room and achieve cross-ventila¬ 
tion. Ceiling fans will also help cir¬ 
culate the air, while every suite will 
feature a ventilation shaft connect¬ 
ed to an attic fan. This fan exhausts 
hot air and draws cooler evening 

Middlebury Campus Special Sections 

Special Sections Editor: Deborah Jones 

Campus special sections are published once a month on a topic of particular 
interest to the Middlebury College community.They are conceived and 
designed by The Campus editorial board and written by editors and staff writers 
alike. Please submit any opinions pieces related to articles contained within spe¬ 
cial sections to Amine Bouchentouf ( or The 
Middlebury Campus, Drawer 30, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. 05753.The 
deadline for submission is Monday by 5 p.m. 

Vlad Lodoaba 

Middleburys boasts building projects that are environmentally concious. 

air into the room through open 
windows. McGinn said that this 
design consideration is an “old- 
fashioned idea reworked” and 
comes in response to the College’s 
concern that the need for summer 
Language School students and fac¬ 
ulty to have comfortable rooms is 
met without installating expensive 
mechanical air conditioning sys¬ 

One of the greatest boons to the 
College in its efforts to maximize 
energy efficiency has been the im¬ 
plementation of a state-of-the-art 
Electronic Management System 
(EMS) that operates out of the Ser¬ 
vice Building. With EMS, which 
first came on-line in 1978 in 
Painter Hall, the College actively 
regulates energy consumption. 
George McPhail, staff engineer 
with facilities management, over¬ 
sees EMS. McPhail views EMS as 
part of the brains behind striking a 
balance between energy demand 
and efficiency. The system regu¬ 
lates everything from individual 
room temperature, to tempera¬ 
tures in hot water heaters, to sen¬ 
sors that control exhaust fans in 
the new Ross Dining Hall. In the 
case of Bicentennial Hall, McPhail 
feeds EMS the class schedule for 
the entire building at the beginning 
of each semester so that tempera¬ 
tures in the building can be regu¬ 
lated. “We want people to be com¬ 
fortable, but we also want to 
achieve a certain level of efficien¬ 
cy,” McPhail said. 

While EMS does not control 
electrical use in individual rooms, 
it does monitor and control much 
of the exterior lighting on campus. 
It is programmed to stagger the il¬ 
lumination of night lighting on 

hrough a steam plant, the College co-generates 13-14% of its electrical 

campus. In this way the College 
avoids potential fines from Central 
Vermont Power Supply for exceed¬ 
ing peak energy load. 

Yet EMS, smart construction 
design and the use of sustainable 
products only go so far in mitigat¬ 
ing the environmental footprint 
left by the College. Facilities Plan¬ 
ning and the Environmental 
Council are waging an uphill battle 
in stemming energy demands. 

Through a steam plant, the Col¬ 
lege co-generates 13 to 14 percent 
of its total electrical consumption, 
according to Jon Woodbury, direc¬ 
tor of Facilities Management. 
Woodbury explained that this 
electricity is pumped back into 
Middlebury’s power grid, and not 
into Central Vermont Power Sup¬ 
ply. This on-site generation of elec¬ 
tricity and the energy-efficient 
philosophy expressed in the Col¬ 
lege’s Master Plan must, however, 
compete with the effect that net¬ 
working the campus, as well as the 
proliferation of computers and 
stereo equipment, has had on over¬ 
all energy demand.“It is important 
for people to understand that the 
College consumes tremendous 
amounts of electricity,” said 
McGinn. Beyond electrical con¬ 
sumption, both McGinn and Bis¬ 
son expressed concern about Mid¬ 
dlebury’s water use, which has 
escalated despite a lingering 
drought in the Northeast. 

Continued adherence to the 
Project Review Committee’s ambi¬ 
tion to go the right direction will 
require coordination not merely 
among administrators, architects 
and engineers, but also active par¬ 
ticipation by students in thinking 
about their own energy use. 


Wednesday, October 2, 2002 


Page 19 

Bright Ideas & Stamps of Approval 

Middlebury Community, Trustees Determine Course of College 



The second week of October will 
be a refreshingly normal one for the 
Board of Trustees when they con¬ 
vene on campus for their annual fall 
meeting. Unlike previous years, dis¬ 
cussion of new building projects 
will not be on the trustees’ agenda; 
rather, the Board will deliberate on 
regular matters related to the regu¬ 
lar management of College affairs. 

College buildings have loomed 
large in trustee discussions from 
the mid-1990s, but particularly 
with the completion of Bicentenni¬ 
al Hall in 1999 the nature of these 
conversations has grown to encom¬ 
pass the size and complexity of 
Middlebury’s physical expansion. 
In the three years since the 
science facility was fin¬ 
ished, the College has wit¬ 
nessed a rapid evolution 
towards realizing some ele¬ 
ments of its Master Plan: 

First, from 2000 to 2002, 
the construction of the 
Ross Commons extension; 
second, beginning in the 
fall of 2001, the deconstruction of 
the Old Science Center and early 
construction of the new Library 
and Technology Center (LATC) 
and, just two weeks ago, site prepa¬ 
ration for an expanded Atwater 
Commons on the north end of 

But what role do the trustees play 
in deciding the future physical 
shape of the College? 

The Board of Trustees, according 
to its charter, is charged with having 
“the ultimate authority for the gov¬ 
ernance of Middlebury College,” 
and deliberates primarily on issues 
related to policy or College fi¬ 
nances, in cooperation with Presi¬ 
dent McCardell and other key 
members of the Middlebury ad¬ 

Comprised of up to 27 members, 
the Board of Trustees is organized 
along five smaller sub-committees; 
of these, the Buildings and Grounds 
and Budget and Finance commit¬ 
tees play a substantial role in deci¬ 
sions related to the design and pri¬ 
ority of College buildings or 

projects of over $1 million in cost. 

In conjunction with Ron 
Liebowitz, executive vice president 
and provost, Dave Ginevan, execu¬ 
tive vice president for Facilities 
Planning and the Vice President for 
Administration and Treasurer Bob 
Huth, President McCardell sets 
long-term priorities for the College. 
Some of these are included in Mid¬ 
dlebury’s Strategic Plan, which was 
approved by the Board in 1992, as 
well as a 1998 resolution to enhance 
the College’s residential life system 
and improve its physical plant, 
which was also endorsed by the 

Demand for new facilities can 
stem from two sources: Internally, 
from staff, faculty or students or, as 

was the case during the Bicentenni¬ 
al Campaign of the late 1990s, ex¬ 
ternally from monetary gifts made 
to the College with the condition 
that funds be directed towards a 
specific project. Decisions to pro¬ 
ceed or hold off on these projects 
— regardless of where the demand 
for them originated — are made ac¬ 
cording to the College’s Strategic 
Plan and its blueprint for future 
physical growth, the Master Plan, 
and must meet the final approval of 
upper-level administrators. Once 
approved, a project proposal is 
crafted and submitted to the Board 
of Trustees, which makes the final 
decision on whether a project 
should proceed by granting it “con¬ 
ceptual approval.” 

“[Conceptual approval] means 
[College administrators] bring the 
Board the program, they buy in, 
they comment on it,” explained 
Glenn Andres, Christopher A. John¬ 
son Professor of Art, History of Art 
and Architecture. “And once we get 
approval, we refine the program 
and then start looking for archi¬ 

tects. Sometimes trustees suggest 
architects for a project. We have a 
pool of architects that the College’s 
Facilities Planning group has dug 
up. And we go through a winnow¬ 
ing process and may interview half 
a dozen firms — the trustees are in¬ 
volved in those [interviews].” 

The trustees, Andres went on to 
explain, make the final decision on 
a suitable architect for a project. 

A critical part of all large projects 
is reaching consensus both within 
the Board of Trustees and between 
the Board and relevant members of 
the College administration, namely 
Facilities Planning and its advisory 
body, the Project Review Commit¬ 
tee, which assumes much of the 
burden of reviewing projects before 
ground is broken on con¬ 
struction. This makes for 
a significant back-and- 
forth as buildings are tai¬ 
lored to meet budgetary 
demands — also decided 
by the Board of Trustees 
— and other considera¬ 
tions of design or envi¬ 
ronmental impact. 

But Andres agreed that this 
process of consensus building 
works, and signals an improvement 
from earlier years when Board de¬ 
cisions were driven overwhelming¬ 
ly by donations or the egos of some 
of its members. 

Such sentiment was echoed by 
Ginevan. “It [the Buildings and 
Grounds Committee] has become 
more active,” he commented. “The 
College has become more active, so 
obviously the Board committee will 
become busier.” 

But as the hive of activity on Col¬ 
lege buildings shifts from one end 
of campus to the other, some pro¬ 
jects will be met with greater criti¬ 
cism than others, particularly from 
members of the local community. 
But Ginevan was quick to separate 
this more negative sentiment from 
Board of Trustee decisions, com¬ 
menting, “As Middlebury College is 
expanding and growing, not every¬ 
body is going to like it. But that is 
OK; that is a healthy environment. I 
would rather have that than no one 

As Middlebury College is expanding 
and growing, not everybody is going 
to like it. But that is OK; that is a 
healthy environment. 

—Dave Ginevan, executive vice presi¬ 
dent for Facilities Planning 

Commons System is Here to Stay 

(continued from page 14) 

cultural lives. Its inclusivity and diversity ... has al¬ 
lowed more different types of students to come to 
Middlebury and be happy,” he explained. 

Lindholm also stressed the positive effects of hav¬ 
ing accessible support services and more “intimate” 
residential systems. It 
has also be noted that 
the well-funded com¬ 
mons councils have 
become more active 
and developed in re¬ 
cent years and provid¬ 
ed increased opportu¬ 
nities for students to plan activities and development 
leadership skills. Current Student Government Associ¬ 
ation President Ginny Hunt ’03 and Student Co-chair 
of Community Council Ben LaBolt ’03 both previous¬ 
ly served as commons co-chairs. 

Lindholm also responded to students’ concerns 
about maintaining the cohesiveness of the campus, 
saying, “I think we’re all familiar with communities 
within communities. The commons and Middlebury 

communities are not mutually exclusive.” 

Ginevan, quoting McCardell, said that the commons 
system will allow Middlebury to be more like itself, 
meaning that the microcosms will provide a sense of 
what the College was like in its smaller, earlier years. 
“The people who critique doing this at such a small 

school don’t see how 
much the College has 

“I know in all the 
debates we went 
through there were 
some very strong 
opinions about 

whether or not [the commons] were good or bad and 
there were valid ideas both ways,” Ginevan continued. 
“I think, though, in the end, we’re not losing anything, 
we’re gaining something. There’s always been recogni¬ 
tion that the commons was a large undertaking. That’s 
always been something we’ve been willing to deal with 
in a fluid way. Significant changes for the College and 
they will take time but endure and influence the Col¬ 
lege for a long time.” 

I think we're all familiar with 
communities within communities. 

— Karl Lindholm, dean of advising and 
assistant professor of American Literature 


Atwater Commons Expansion 
slated opening: Fall,', 2004 

New Library and Technology Center 
slated opening: Fall', 2004 

CFA Parking Lot Expansion 
slated completion: Fall, 2002 

Ross Commons Expansion 
opened: Fall, 2002 

Fletcher Field Flouse "Bubble" 
opened: Fall, 2002 

West Ridgeline Parking Lot 
completed: Summer, 2002 

Materials Recycling Facility 
completed: Spring, 2002 

Relocation ofStorrsAve . Houses 
completed: Fall, 2001 


Renovation of Nelson 
Recreation Center 
completed: Fall, 2001 

completed: Fall, 2001 

Recycling of Science Center 
completed: Fall, 2001 

The Board of Trustees has the ultimate authority for the governance of the College. 

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Wednesday October 2,2002 








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Construction sites have become a common sight around 
Middlebury,from the new Atwater buildings being erected 
behind Le Chateau (2), to simple road repair works (3), to the 
mammoth site of the new library (1). 

According to school officials as well as workers on site ((5) and 
(6)), the building of the new library is proceeding according to 
schedule.The first wall has already been finished. (4) 


Photos by Vlad Lodoaba 


Wednesday, October 2, 2002 


Page 21 


Ambiguous Commons for an Ambivalent 

We live on a changing campus. As each shovel of earth is lifted 
from the ground around the two newest building sites within 
College boundaries - at the new library and the Atwater Commons 
expansion - our campus grows ever closer to resembling the vision 
first articulated by Middlebury administrators more than 10 years 

This vision was twofold. First, it included a residential-based 
administrative system, residence halls linked together under a single 
name - the ‘commons.” Supporting each of these housing com¬ 
mons would be a staff of deans and faculty heads, working to 
address student concerns in an environment more intimate and 
decentralized than could be offered by the Dean of Student Affairs 
office. The second component of this vision was an enhanced set of 
facilities for the College community, including an improved science 
facility and new library. 

More than a decade later, this vision was realized in part with the 
completion of the Ross Dining facility and LaForce Hall, structures 
that achieved what is being hailed as Middlebury’s first “fully-artic¬ 
ulated” residential system. Despite the architectural heights reached 
in the construction of the Ross Commons extension, student reac¬ 
tion to Ross — and the commons system in general — remains 
complicated and, in some cases, very negative. 

Much of this reaction stems from the uneven distribution of 
housing across the College’s five commons. This is especially true 
for first-year students who, because of the nature of room draw, face 
great difficulty when they try to continue in that commons their 
second year. This is an unfortunate consequence of the system: 
Bonds that are forged with the commons through the intensive 
introduction to and immersion within the system are broken, 
dulling any connection a first-year student may have with her or his 

Such sentiment continues in subsequent years, and informs the 
choices a student makes when calculating where to live. This lends 
an artificial air to the commons system, which quickly changes from 
the intimate community imagined by College administrators 10 
years ago to a means through which students can manipulate to find 
a better room or suite. 

The fact that students identify the commons system largely by the 
rooms it provides or the food it offers should not be a revelation for 
administrators. Rather, such an identification should give commons 
and Old Chapel staff moment for reflection on a system that within 
the next five years will be an even more prevalent feature of student 
life and the lives of others in the College community. 

In 1998 President McCardell charged a group of students, faculty 
and staff to evaluate the commons system and produce a report 
based on their findings. A similar document is to be completed this 
year by the Student Government Association. Commons and 
College administrators should pay great heed to this report. No 
doubt it will reveal great ambiguity on the part of students towards 
the meaning of the commons and their place within the system. 

This ambiguity can be addressed by both administrators and stu¬ 
dents. Students, for their part, should in their years at the College 
focus on the elements of the commons that transcend housing, such 
as involvement on commons councils or serving as a junior coun¬ 
selor. Administrators, in turn, must realize that addressing student 
ambiguity implies focusing more on defining and spreading the 
meaning of “community” within a commons-based campus, and 
less on the construction of new dormitories. 

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Letters to the Editor 

Professor Casts Doubt on Ritter's 
Postion on War with Iraq 

-Michael Kraus- 

Last week, Scott Ritter declared that Iraq poses no 
threat to the world and demanded evidence “before 
military action is taken.” 

He obviously didn’t read the authoritative 
December 1998 New Republic article asserting that 
Iraq was “not nearly disarmed,” that in all likelihood, 
Saddam Hussein was hiding everything from nerve 
gas to anthrax, as well as his “entire nuclear weapons 

Ritter didn’t read the article; he merely wrote it. 
Back in 1998, Ritter also testified to the Senate that 
Iraq could within six months make its weapons of 
mass destruction operational. According to the 
1998 Ritter, Saddam remained “an ugly threat to his 
neighbors and to world peace.” 

When at the end of his lecture, I quoted a few of 
Ritter’s own lines from the New Republic article to 
him, asking “Which Ritter should we believe, the 
new or the old Ritter?” he offered no explanation for 
this glaring inconsistency and provided no persua¬ 
sive evidence to account for the U-turn he has 
recently made. 

Yet since 1998, when he resigned in disgust that 
neither the United States nor the United Nations had 
the guts to disarm Iraq or go to war, he has had no 
access to intelligence; his sources of information are 
the same as yours or mine. Today, among the sever¬ 
al hundred weapons inspectors who worked in Iraq 
until 1998, Ritter’s perspective represents a small 
minority. So why the 180 degree turn? 

Recently, Ritter has also acknowledged (as I men¬ 
tioned at the lecture) taking $400,000 two years ago 
from an Iraqi-American businessman named Shakir 
al-Khafaji to visit Baghdad and make a documen¬ 
tary about weapons inspections. Ritter’s cut was 
$80,000, though he claims he put some of that back 
into the film production. My mention of this pro¬ 
voked considerable irritation on Ritter’s part, lead¬ 
ing him to declare, “My personal finances are none 
of you damn business” (which, incidentally, is the 
only part of the exchange The Campus reported cor¬ 


Ritter is badly mistaken. His personal finances 
are everybody’s business. He is a highly visible pub¬ 
lic figure and a leading critic of the Bush adminis¬ 
tration who has entered into a major debate that 
this country must conduct on the eve of a possible 
war. Therefore, Ritter’s sources of funding for his 
activities are decidedly not a private matter. In fact, 
they cast a long shadow over his credibility. Al- 
Khafaji is openly in bed with Saddam and frequent¬ 
ly sponsors anti-American conferences in Baghdad. 
Iraqi officials were so happy with the Khafaji-fund- 
ed Ritter documentary that they distributed a CD- 
ROM version at an international conference to press 
their case. This September, Ritter was a guest of the 
Iraqi government in Baghdad. His speech to the 
Iraqi “parliament,” according to the London Times , 
handed Saddam “a propaganda coup,” for Ritter 
found Iraq to be a threat to no one. 

Ritter neither admits nor explains why his view 
of the threat posed by Iraq has radically changed. 
Nor does he seem to realize that his actions matter, 
that in allowing himself to be used by a regime that 
has, by all accounts (including those of non-parti¬ 
san human rights organizations, such as the Human 
Rights Watch) committed war crimes and crimes 
against humanity, he has forfeited our trust. 

While he implores us to “get all the facts,” he 
obviously doesn’t like the uncomfortable facts that 
get in the way of his story. Though a case against 
the war on Iraq can be made, Ritter unfortunately 
lacks the credibility to make it. 

Michael Kraus is Frederick C. Dirks 
Professor of Political Science. He 
spent last academic year at the Carr 
Center for Human Rights Policy at 
the John F. Kennedy School of 
Government, Harvard University 

Student Demands Better 
Communication From Candidates 

-Dixie Dillon ’05- 

As I was rubbing the sleep out of my eyes a few morn¬ 
ings ago, I was quickly awakened by something I very 
much hoped I wasn’t seeing. Yes, sad to say, when my com¬ 
puter opened up to the Middlebury Web site 15 minutes 
before I had to be in my German class, I saw to my dismay 
a link reading,“Students: Vote in SGA Elections.” 

“There’s an election?” I asked myself. No, I am not an 
opponent of democracy. I do think it is important to vote 
and yes, I do appreciate the lovely green color of the words. 
But it is a sad day when a person is invited to the voting 
booth without having known that an election was about 
to take place. 

This disgusts me. I am astounded that the democratic 
process at this College is so debased that I did not know 
the name of even one person running for my class or 
commons. I realize that voters must inform themselves, 
but this is ridiculous. How can anyone expect a fair vote if 
those running do not campaign?Of the 10 students run¬ 
ning for the senate positions for my class, not one had put 
up a poster where I could see it Not one had campaigned 
personally where I was. Not one had made his or her plat¬ 
form available to me. In fact, not one even bothered to let 

his or her prospective constituents know that he or she 
was a candidate, much less that there was an election! I 
realize that some of this may be due to chance or my own 
lack of attention, but I do not live in a hole. How can I 
make an informed decision based only upon the look- 
alike blurbs posted on the voting Web site? In these state¬ 
ments, many of the hopefuls promise to listen to their con¬ 
stituents and to be in touch with them. Fine start they’ve 

In my opinion, democracy works. But as the founders 
of this country realized, it only works if voters are empow¬ 
ered to do more than throw a dart at a ballot to make their 
decision. No wonder voter turnouts are low. The disre¬ 
spect shown here for voters is not only discouraging, but 
insulting. I, in turn, mean no disrespect to the candidates 
or the Student Government Association, and wish to 
express my admiration and support of the officers. But if 
this is the way elections are going to be, why don’t they just 
play one-potato, two-potato to figure it out? 

Dixie Dillon is a sophomore from 


The article “An Answer to the Economy: Careers for the Common Good," printed in the Sept. 25 issue of The 
Campus , incorrectly stated that the Careers fofthe Common Good program highlights nonprofit social work 
careers; it should have stated the nonprofit sector and/or socialty-responsible careers. The article also incor¬ 
rectly cited the committee charged with defining the program last spring in reporting that it was composed of 
faculty, students and social workers from the local community; the committee was in fact comprised of faculty, 
students and two members of Middlebury-area nonprofits. Finally, the article listed Oct. 3 as the date for the 
“Celebrating Internships" event sponsored by the Career Services Organization; the correct date was Oct. 1, 
A photo caption on page 24 of the Sports section in the same issue incorrectly stated that the rugby match 
shown was “a B-side scrimmage"; it was actually an A-side game. 

A page one article in the same issue, “Trustee Resigns," did not finish, owing to technical difficulties. Director 
of Public Affairs Phil Benoit’s quotation was cut short and should have read: “Dennis Kozlowskfs association 
with Middlebury College as a parent, as a donor and as a trustee has benefited this institution. As he leaves 
the Board of Trustees, we are very grateful for his many positive contributions." The Campus regrets these 


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Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Student Asks: Who Will Replace Saddam Hussein? 

-Fahim Ahmed ‘03- 

President George W. Bush may have 
offered an articulate rationale to Congress, 
to the United Nations and to the American 
public for a war on Iraq. However, and 
alarmingly so, he has failed to offer a cogent 
plan outlining a replacement regime for 
post-Saddam Iraq. In the absence of clear 
alternatives to Saddam Hussein, potential 
U.S. military action in Iraq appears lacking 
in political foresight. 

While Bush may plausibly claim Saddam 
to be a threat to U.S. strategic interests, those 
interests cannot be safeguarded solely 
through the removal of the Iraqi dictator. 
Critical to U.S. interest is the individual, 
clique or the party that replaces Saddam. 

Bush’s foremost justification for an attack 
on Iraq is to preempt a potential biological 
or military strike on U.S. possessions and 
interests. However, U.S. geopolitical interests 
play just as important a role in determining 

its policy options. An outcome that tilts the 
geopolitical balance in the Persian/Arabian 
Gulf region 
against the 
United States 
would, there¬ 
fore, be unfa¬ 

A weaker Iraq may strengthen the United 
States’ other adversary in the region: Iran. It 
is imperative that a change in the Iraqi 
regime, beneficial as it may arguably be to 
United States’ security interests, may come 
at the cost of its geopolitical interests. 

Thus far, the alternatives to Saddam’s 
leadership seem severely limited. The demo¬ 
graphic composition of Iraq is such that a 
popular uprising runs the risk of strength¬ 
ening Iran. Consolidation under the main 
Iraqi opposition party, the Iraqi National 
Congress, under Shiite leader Ahmed 

Chalabi, may push the country into Iran’s 
sphere of influence. 

The Kurdish 
opposition, led 
by Massoud 
Barzani and Jalal 
Talabani, are 
unable to work in sync, much less command 
the support of the vast majority of the 
Sunni-Shiite population. 

Thus, an overthrow of the discernibly 
oppressive Saddam regime, in the absence of 
a preferred alternative, may in fact destabi¬ 
lize the regional power balance or potential¬ 
ly lead to a breakup of Iraq. 

A strike on Iraq, coupled with a regime 
change, can strengthen Iran’s strategic con¬ 
trol over the region, at the detriment of U.S. 

This was, indeed, the motivation behind 
the first President Bush’s decision not to 

support the popular uprisings that followed 
Iraq’s defeat in the Gulf War in 1991. 

Instead, the senior Bush’s administration 
had favored a military coup from within the 

However, restructuring of the B’aath 
Party’s security apparatus and the elimina¬ 
tion of ambitious generals, by a paranoid 
Saddam, has also precluded alternate lead¬ 
ership emerging from within the Iraqi mili¬ 
tary regime. 

Who, then, will replace Saddam Hussein? 
Unfortunately, the question remains yet to 
be addressed, or even lent due credence, by 
the Bush administration. 

Fahim Ahmed, a native of 
Bangladesh, is a senior at 
Middlebury. He is also the Ross 
Commons Senator to the SGA. 

A weaker Iraq may strengthen the 
United State's other adversary in the 
region: Iran. 

McCabe Responds to Criticism 

-Sarah McCabe ’05- 

Reflections on Family Weekend 

-Chris Holt ’06- 

Hide the beer! Stuff those stolen dishes 
under the bed! Put on that shirt grandma 
made you! No, no! Faster, you idiot! They’ll 
be here any minute! But, oh no! It’s too late. 
(Cue horror music) The door opens, and — 
gasp — it’s your parents! 

And they brought cake. Thanks, Mom, it 
looks great. No, no, I’ve been eating healthy. I 
haven’t been eating pizza three meals a day. 
Classes you ask? Oh, I’m doing fine, been 
studying a lot. Yeah, you know me: study 
first, social life second. Oh you saw the sign 
on my door? Oh, see they call me “dogman” 

It is at this moment you think: I’ll never 
make it till Sunday. 

It’s Parents Weekend. For some of you, this 
weekend will be one of the best perfor¬ 
mances of your lifetime. I’ve witnessed some 
great performances so far, some worthy of 
Oscars. One kid convinced his parents that 
he needed a car so that he could go to all the 
libraries of other colleges. His research 
demanded it, after all. 

For me, this is sheer joy. My parents don’t 
come this weekend, so I can just watch and 
laugh at the drama that unfolds. I’ve broken 
this entire process down into several quick 

The first stage is the cleaning stage. You 
put on that ugly sweater granny made you 
(the one with the pink bunny on it). You 
comb your hair. You do the laundry, for the 
first time. Ever. You’re about as befuddled as 
President Bush with a jigsaw puzzle. You’re so 
hopeless at it that all of your clothes come 
out green. You don’t know how, but they are 
all green. Now you will always look like a big 
goofy leprechaun. But the luck of the Irish 
obviously wasn’t with you there, dude. The 
only thing that isn’t green is the one pair of 

khakis you own. They are two sizes too 
small, they make you look like Steve Urkel, 
but oh, how your mother loves them! 

Second is the panic stage. This is best 
illustrated in the beginning of this article; 
you’re in shock, disbelief and couldn’t be 
moving faster if they had blasted an air raid 
siren. And they probably should. I’d love to 
hear some sirens and a loud speaker 
announcing the approach of parental fig¬ 
ures. Or better yet, get a pony express person, 
Paul Revere-style, yelling, “The parents are 
coming! The parents are coming! Hide the 
booooze!” And this brave forerunner can 
ride around campus accordingly. Now there’s 
a true patriot. 

The third stage is the dinner experience. 
You’ve met the parents, and now you’ve 
strategically maneuvered them so they miss 
meeting all of your moron friends. So you 
take them to someplace nice. You think, 
“Hell, I’m home free. I’m off campus, who 
could possibly identify me during this thor¬ 
oughly humiliating process?” Me. I’m going 
around with a group of the giggliest and 
most attractive girls on campus to every 
restaurant within a 30-mile radius. Fear, for I 
will find you. While you’re being utterly 
embarrassed by the giggling girls, I’ll make a 
pass at your mother. To make matters worse, 
you’ll trip over yourself and somehow get 
food on those khakis. And your kid sister 
will say something cute like“Looks like [your 
name here] had an accident!” 

So, sit back, enjoy Parents Weekend. It’s a 
force of nature, something like rain or hail or 
the Jets losing. Me, I’ll be here, with the gig¬ 
gling girls, and the tape of it all. Enjoy. 

Chris Holt is a first-year from 
New Jersey. 

Commons Defends Blood Drive Policy 

-Atwater Commons- 

Well, let me first take this moment to 
thank everyone who read my article about 
Middining, and those of you who became so 
belabored with its flagrant injustice that you 
wrote in to The Campus. 

I would like to respond to each of the arti¬ 
cles personally, but let’s clarify a few things 
here. For starters, I am certainly very aware 
of the hunger and poverty that plagues our 
world today. I think that truly is what’s atro¬ 
cious. I highly doubt, however that The 
Campus would like to entertain weekly arti¬ 
cles from students complaining that there 
are people starving in some places and that 
there are very unfortunate people every¬ 
where and we should be sad about it. Those 
topics, I feel, cannot even be justifiably put 
into strong enough words to even touch on 
the pain that people everywhere must feel. 
So I won’t. We all know what problems there 
are outside the “Middlebury bubble,” and we 
volunteer and donate and work to assuage 
those things frequently. While many seemed 
bitter in their editorials about the selfishness 
of Middlebury students (e.g. parking and 
dining), I know and believe that there are 
many thoughtful students here who put 
more than enough effort into helping the 

So being an enthusiastic and (overly) dra¬ 
matic writer, I decided to tackle a big issue 
on campus: the dining situation. Now I 
know many people could have written a 
much more “politically correct” article, 
stressing what we do have and how we’re so 
thankful and so forth. 

But I saw the opportunity to embrace an 
issue that I knew people were bothered by 
and turn it into a colorful editorial. Little 
did I know what I was getting myself into! 
The outpouring of feedback — many agree¬ 
ing, many disagreeing and many indifferent 
— was truly interesting. So let me personal¬ 
ly reflect on some of the editorials sent in 
about Middining. 

Richard Saunders, director of the 
Middlebury Museum of Art, wrote a strik¬ 
ingly powerful, articulate piece on the per¬ 
ceived shallowness and depravity of the stu¬ 
dents on campus, namely those like me. He 
struck back against those embittered by 
parking and dining, and noted, “It’s time to 
get an education and, in so doing, grow up. 
That’s why you came here, remember?” 

I appreciate the thought Saunders put 
into his article, but am somewhat bothered 
by the way he stereotyped many Middlebury 
students as a group of insatiable children. I 
am not going to spend time picking apart 
the article, because it’s his well-written opin¬ 
ion which he is entitled to and he is a profes¬ 
sor at our school deserving much respect — 

but I will simply note this. 

We did come here for an education, you 
are right. But we can get a very good educa¬ 
tion at a state school. We can get a superb 
education for half of what we pay at 
Middlebury. And I feel, as a student whose 
parents are both educators who will be and 
have been taking out enormous loans to pay 
for my education here, that I may expect 
something extra in terms of lifestyle. Parents 
pay what they pay for their children to 
attend Middlebury because they want the 
best for them. To me, that’s the best educa¬ 
tion (which we get), the best kinds of people 
(and people here are awesome) and the best 
living arrangements (satisfactory dorms, 
not-so-satisfactory dining). 

Perhaps I’m overstepping my boundaries 
here, I’m no gourmet chef, but in terms of 
healthy food, one cannot announce with 
confidence that there is always an ample 
supply of healthy non-Vegalene soaked 
entrees at Middlebury. 

And so, I perhaps very dramatically 
turned my annoyance at the lack of food 
that is intrinsically good for the body into a 
passionate article demanding change. And it 
was fun! 

In reaction to Caitlin Prentice’s ’05 article 
— I totally agree. Our dining staff is awe¬ 
some. They work their behinds off, and we 
know it. You’ll notice that in my past article I 
noted this on several occasions. I criticized 
because I believe that Middlebury had 
promised with last year’s construction 
improvements in dining. The environment 
has improved, but the food hasn’t. And I felt 
empowered to voice these discrepancies 
because so many other students agreed with 

Bob Wainwright’s ’03 article was extreme¬ 
ly funny, and I encourage everyone to read 
it. While it does shut me down, pretty bad — 
I believe it offers a great opposing view to my 
first Middining article in the same sarcastic 
and overdramatic style I wrote my own. I 
bow down! 

To the last article, written by Christian 
Holt ’06, that seemed to be about 
Middining. But, I thought it was just a fresh¬ 
man’s attempt to glorify freshman drinking 
and confuse the reader with irrelevant ban¬ 
ter about caviar and “vegans in the wild” — 
I simply have no comment. If you think that 
“not having to pick bones out of the maca¬ 
roni” defines fine dining for an expensive 
liberal arts college, then put your delicate 
palette to use and eat out of the trash so that 
there’s more good food for everyone else. 

Sarah McCabe is a sophomore 
from New York. 

In response to the letter in the September 
25th edition of The Campus written by 
Kristina Rudd ’03, the Atwater Commons 
Council does not feel that we should cease 
our sponsorship of the fall blood drive. 
While we understand her concern and also 
abhor any prejudice against homosexuals, 
Rudd fails to see that the purpose of the pol¬ 
icy in question is not discrimination, but 

In fact, this policy is a Federal Drug 
Administration (FDA) regulation with 
which all blood banks, both public and pri¬ 
vate, must comply, not just the American Red 
Cross. If the issue is discrimination, our only 
choice would be to hold no blood drives at 
all. Since blood supplies in this country are 

always critically low, we would hate to drop 
this program or discourage people from par¬ 
ticipating because of a FDA regulation. 
Imagine a person in desperate need of blood 
but unable to receive a transfusion because 
of protests against the organization that sup¬ 
plies it, an organization complying with a 
uniform federal regulation. Blood donation 
is essential to the health and well-being of 
our community and our nation, and is one 
simple thing we can do to help. Even those 
who are disqualified from donating may par¬ 
ticipate by volunteering at the blood drive 

When we have to weigh political correct¬ 
ness against the lives and health of other 
people, we hope the choice is clear. 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 


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Campus Positions, Fall 2002 

The following positions are now available at The 
Campus, the College's ONLY weekly newspaper. 

Please direct any questions regarding any of the 
positions listed below to Tim McCahill, editor-in-chief, 
extension 4102, or Liz Logue, managing editor, at 

extension 6635. 

Technical Consultant: Responsible for overseeing proper working of newspaper's Macintosh com¬ 
puters and relevant software, particularly Quark ana Adobe Photoshop. Must be available on Tuesday 
evenings and, periodically on Wednesday mornings. Paid position. 

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page of The Campus. The Illustrator and/or Cartoonist must communicate regularly with Opinions edi¬ 
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national and international significance. Cartoons must be completed no later than 5 p.m. each Monday. 
Previous experience important, but wit is essential. 

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Special Sections Reporter: There will be three special sections published as a supplement to The 
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Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Think Globally, 
Listen Locally 

Vermont Symphony Orchestra 
Visits the College for its “Made in 
Vermont” Music Festival 


_ Staff Writer _ 

The Vermont Symphony Or¬ 
chestra (VSO) played at Middle- 
bury College last Saturday round¬ 
ing out its fourth concert of this 
falPs “Made in Vermont” Music Fes¬ 
tival. The sold-out event at the Cen¬ 
ter for the Arts Concert Hall was 
well attended by parents 
who were on campus for 
the Fall Family Week¬ 

When the VSO was 
founded 68 years ago, it 
intended to bring cham¬ 
ber music to Vermont's 
smaller towns. The VSO 
was “dedicated to travel¬ 
ing to any gymnasium, 
racetrack or hillside” — 
anywhere an audience 
could be found. Due to 
this philosophy, the old¬ 
est state-supported or¬ 
chestra in the country captures a 
great variety of musicians and au¬ 

This founding principle rever¬ 
berated in the opening speech of 
Saturday's concert. 

Since the orchestra’s last season, 
it has performed in more than 47 
concerts and over 20 communities 
around Vermont. The annual 
“Made in Vermont” Music Festival 

brings the chamber orchestra to 
smaller venues in 10 different 
towns. The 30-plus members will 
carry their music to subsequent 
venues in Randolph, Lyndon, Derby 
Line, Colchester, Vergennes and 

The first piece of the evening was 
Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 
in four move¬ 
ments. Anthony 
Princiotti, associ¬ 
ate conductor of 
the VSO, emerged 
on stage in a 
black, silky Man¬ 
shirt. He conduct¬ 
ed the orchestra 
elegantly and ex¬ 
pressively, his tai 
chi-like moves 
evoking emotion 
in the players. 
Princiotti, who 
graduated from the Julliard School 
of Music and obtained his doctor¬ 
ate from Yale University, is also mu¬ 
sical director of the New Hamp¬ 
shire Philharmonic. 

The Adagio movement gave cen¬ 
ter stage to the oboe and lower 
strings. This movement also fea¬ 
tured a violin solo, which was inter¬ 
esting, as this movement was in- 

conducted the 
elegantly and 
his tai chi-like 
moves evoking 
emotion in the 

Vlad Lodoaba 

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) tunes up before a performance Saturday in the Concert Hall. The VSO 
was founded in Vermont 68 years ago with the goal of bringing world quality music to local Vermont communities. 

Randolph Meddles With Steel Guitar 


Guest Writer 

Something happened last 
Thursday night at the Higher 
Ground in Winooski, Vt. Some¬ 
thing happened between Robert 
and Marcus Randolph, Danyel 

sical chemistry between these four 
musicians, who together make up 
the Family Band, was undeniable 
as they played their two-hour set 
with unyielding energy. Twenty- 
four year old Robert Randolph, 
who has played pedal steel guitar 

(see Musical, page 26) Morgan and John Ginty. The mu- since he was 16, delivered an 

Rinde Eckert Divines for Fresh Ideas 

Performer Extraordinaire Delivers One-Man Show, “An Idiot Divine,” Using Sorrowful 
Twists and Hysterical Turns — Putting his Audience on an Emotional Roller Coaster 


Staff Writer 

Once in a while theater takes 
you to both extremes of the emo¬ 
tional continuum and back 
again. Bouncing between sorrow 
and delight, you are left anywhere 
but in be- - 

Rinde Eckert's voice 
penetrated the dark 
theater with haunting 
resonance, setting the 
scene for an eerie 
performance where the 
lines between humor 
and lunacy blurred. 


When a 
joke can just 
as quickly be¬ 
come a dis¬ 
mal commen¬ 
tary on 
human na¬ 
ture, and a 
funny quirk 
turn to angry, 
psychotic be¬ 
havior, you no 
longer exist in a world of logical 
action, but rather experience that 
which is called theatrical expres¬ 

Rinde Eckert's performance 
last Friday offered new perspec¬ 
tive to the possibilities of theater. 
Combining his seemingly limit¬ 
less talents, Eckert astounded the 
audience at Wright Memorial 
Theatre, making hours feel like 

Written, composed and per¬ 
formed by Eckert, his two-act 
performance, entitled,“An Idiot 
Divine,” was part of the Perform¬ 
ing Arts Series for the Tenth An¬ 

niversary Celebration of the Cen¬ 
ter for the Arts. 

Eckert's first act, “Dry Land 
Divine,” opened with a brief nar¬ 
rative about a man in Ford, Wyo., 
incarcerated for killing his broth¬ 
er but released on parole several 

_ years later, 

never to be 
heard from 

While in 

jail, he 

wrote an ac¬ 
count of a 
known as 
divining, in 
which one 
searches for 
— water using 

a wire hanger. 

Eckert’s voice penetrated the 
dark theater with haunting reso¬ 
nance, setting the scene for an 
eerie performance where the 
lines between humor and lunacy 
blurred. The set design consisted 
simply of a minister’s cloth hung 
on a wire, hanger, dangling center 

The audience was quickly 
alerted that this was a deeply bib¬ 
lical piece, linking the practice of 
divining (strengthened also by 
the word's double meaning) to a 
search for God. Lighting was ef¬ 
fectively used to highlight the 

symbolic hanging cross (the 
hanger and cloth) behind the per¬ 
former as well as by creating a 
trinity using Eckert and his shad¬ 
ows on opposite walls during one 

especially intense scene. 

Interludes of accordion music 
accompanied by Eckert’s haunt¬ 
ing tenor voice were enough to 
(see Eckert, page 26) 


Eckert captures audiences Friday night with scenes of spiritual agony 
and down to earth humor. 

amazing show that defied defini¬ 

Taking the stage around 11 
p.m., Randolph immediately 
began playing with a fervor that 
would not die down until the show 
ended. A definite highlight was 
Randolph’s cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 
“Voodoo Child.” Coming just a 
few songs into the set, Randolph 
paid homage to Hendrix with an 
amazing performance of the song, 
complete with guitar solos that 
would make even Hendrix proud. 

Another highlight of the show 
was “The March,” Randolph’s pro¬ 
motion of peace and understand¬ 
ing. Randolph prefaced the song 
with a call to join together against 
terrorism and promote world 
peace. “Love has no color ... it has 
no face,” Randolph proclaimed as 
he demonstrated the march to the 
crowd. Although we tried, the 
march proved to be a difficult task 
among the large crowd around the 
stage. Randolph’s awesome stage 
presence seemed to draw people in 
closer as the show progressed. 

Although technical difficulties 
forced Randolph to stop playing 
the pedal steel for a few minutes 
toward the end of the set, the rest 
of the band covered for him nice¬ 
ly. Morgan kept the show alive with 
his six-string bass and contributed 
vocals while the difficulties were 
remedied. Meanwhile, Randolph 
danced around the stage and even¬ 
tually picked up his Taylor electric 
acoustic to fill in the void left by 
the pedal steel guitar. After the 
song, Randolph apologized to the 
crowd for the problems and played 
a few more songs to finish the set. 

A few minutes of applause 
brought the Family Band back out 
on stage for the encore, which in¬ 
cluded an energy-driven perfor¬ 
mance of “Press On.” The crowd, 
which was full of excitement for 
the duration of the show, emanat- 
(see Religious, page 27) 

Wednesday, October 2, 2002 


Page 25 

Shakespeare Standing Still in 21 st Century 


Staff Writer 

Dimiter Daphinoff’s speech on 
Monday, titled “Shakespeare in the 
21st Century,” focused on the not- 
always-recognizable contempo¬ 
rary relevance of Shakespeare’s al¬ 
most five centuries-old works. 

Daphinoff said that “Hamlet’s 
wonderful reflection on the waste 
of human life, compared to Fal- 
staff’s quibbly quibbling on the 
term honor in the face of immi¬ 
nent death, is one of Shakespeare’s 
most prevalent, gripping com¬ 
ments on the folly of war and the 
intrinsic value of life.” 

Introduced by former peer of 
St. Andrews University and Jay 
Parini, D.E. Axinn professor of 
creative writing and professor of 
English, Daphinoff is currently a 
Professor at the University of Fri¬ 
bourg, Switzerland. His specialties 
include Shakespeare, Jacobean 
drama, comparative literature and 
literary theory. Most notable of his 
works are a translation of Shake¬ 
speare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” to 
German, and “Hamlet on Screen,” 
which he co-edited. 

With a title that perhaps, to 
some, seemed a portent of yet an¬ 
other post-modern deconstruc¬ 
tionist view (at hearing the title I 
was considering “Shakespeare 
@afterseptemberl” for my 
own review), Daphinoff’s message 

was unbelievably refreshing. 

His inights included,“It is my 
contention that we do not force 
upon Shakespeare what is not 
there,” he said. “Distortion only 
happens, and ap¬ 
propriation for 
that matter, 
when the overall 
effect of a work 
of art is ig¬ 
nored.” And, 

“When the inter¬ 
play of text and 
context, tradi¬ 
tion and innova¬ 
tion, character 
and language, 
source and poet¬ 
ic transforma¬ 
tion is not fully 
taken into ac¬ 


Daphinoff did 
not relate Shake¬ 
speare to events 
of the 21st cen¬ 
tury, as the title 
of his lecture 
promised, but 
took more of a 
universal ap¬ 

Reflecting on 
his college years 
in the 1960s, 

Daphinoff said 

at the beginning of one of his 
courses the professor asked what 
the urgency of studying literature 
was. And, as Parini asked Daphi¬ 
noff rhetorically in his introduc¬ 

tion, “Shakespeare in the 21st cen¬ 
tury? I thought Shakespeare lived 
in the 16th century.” To these 
questions Daphinoff provided 
resolution in Shakespeare’s overall 
which have 
been ignored 
by modern 
and therefore 
plays and 
even made 
“seem too dif¬ 
ficult to teach 
and consid¬ 
ered elitist.” 

This ac¬ 
counted for, 
as Daphinoff 
stated, a 
steady decline 
in German 
and French 
electing to 
take courses 
in Shake¬ 
speare, a fact 
to which pro¬ 
fessors of 
agreed about 
students in 
the states. 

Daphinoff also stated that the 
amount of literature on Shake¬ 
speare, which he compared to that 
of an ocean (he cited the fact that 
2,000 books a year are printed on 
the topic), and the comparatively 
small amount of students is puz¬ 

Two examples Daphinoff pro¬ 
vided of what he thought were of 
“particularly topical importance” 
to the subject of Shakespeare in 
our century were Romeo and Juli¬ 
et’s love, which “so moving is less 
its sacrifice of youth and hopeful 
mind, but the defiance of death in 
a love that transcends all bound¬ 
aries. In a world in which the elo¬ 
quence conspiring against them, 
the love of Romeo and Juliet re¬ 
mains the one value that makes 
even the brief life worth living.” 

Daphinoff’s other example is, of 
course, Hamlet’s soliloquy in Act 
IV which to all, if I may use 
Daphinoff’s words, “should [be) 
heed[ed] now that the 21st centu¬ 
ry begins so ominously.” 

Shakespeare’s famous lines 
read, “How stand I, / That have a 
father kill’d and a mother stain’d / 
Excitements of my reason and my 
blood, and let all sleep? while to 
my shame, I see / The imminent 
death of twenty thousand men, / 
That, for a fantasy and trick of 
fame, / Go to their graves like 
beds; fight for a plot...” 

Gigi Gatewood 

Dimiter Daphinoff, professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 
focused his discussion on the relevance of Shakespeare in the 21st century. 

art calendar 



EXHIBIT: This collection features talent¬ 
ed artists who have disabilities; some are 
blind, some have developmental disabili¬ 
ties and some are seniors living in nursing 
homes. Representatives of both organiza¬ 
tions will talk about what it means to cre¬ 
ate or facilitate the creation of art when 
the artist is a person with a disability. 

Allen House Gallery. Sat. Oct. 5. 
Reception, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Info: 802- 
656-3368 or 


missed their performance at the College 
Saturday night (see review, page 24), 
catch them as part of the “Made in 
Vermont Music Festival.” Various loca¬ 
tions in Vermont. Wed. Oct 3-Sat. Oct. 5, 
7:30 p.m. Sun. Oct. 6, 6:00 p.m. $8-18. 
Info: 802-863-5966. 


Mozart lives! (vicariously through Richard 
Stoltzman and the American String 
Quartet.) Resurecting pieces by 
Beethoven, Reger, Hindemith, Francaix 
and Brahms. Elley-Long Music Center, St. 
Michael’s College, Winooski. Fri. Oct. 4, 

get outta 

8:00 p.m. $23-26. Info: 802-862-7352. 


Two renowned folksy trios to perform as 
an ensemble for the first time ever. 

Coope, Boyes & Simpson, from England 
meet Finest Kind, from Ottawa, at the 
Univsersity of Vermont, Burlington. Sat. 
Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. Info: 

been tragic to be hip? Watch and learn 
from the Canadian rock group at the 
Memorial Auditorium, Burlington. Tues. 
Oct. 8 & Wed. Oct. 9, 8:00 p.m. $41.53. 
Info: 802-863-5966. 


Stop, drop and roll to the Catamount Arts 
Center. This film documents two aging 
German political radicals facing the 
consequences of their past actions when a 
bomb they hid in an empty Berlin man¬ 
sion during the late 1980s is rediscovered 
more than 10 years later. St. Johnsbury, 
Vt. Wed. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. $6.50. Info, 748- 


This is something to plan your calendar 


around. Lost Nation Theater makes 
Shakespeare’s classic come alive at the 
Montpelier City Hall Arts Center. Thurs. 
Oct. 4 - Sun. Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. $21. Info: 

DANCING DRAMA: The Irish festival 
celebrating Lugh, the god of music and 
light, lends inspiration to Brian Friel’s play 
“Dancing at Lughnasa.” Royal Tyler 
Theater, University of Vermont, 
Burlington. Wed. Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m. $5-14. 
Info: 802-656-204. 

speaking of 

KATE CLINTON: Self-described as the 
“oldest living continuously performing 
out lesbian author-humorist in North 
America.” (Now how can you beat that 
rap?) The English teacher-tumed-comic 
will talk at the Hopkins Center in 
Hanover, NH. 8:00 p.m. $25. Info: 603- 

editor's pick 

York underground is more than public 
transportation. DJ and producer Dylan 
Drazen will be headlining a slew of DJs 
including Kaotik, D-Rock, Mo7s vs Patti, 
Tricky Pat, Heddabonz vs Darcie, Emo-D 
and Kita. The Higher Ground. Fri. Oct. 4, 
doors 9:00 p.m. going until 5:00 a.m. $13 
($18 day of show). Info: 802-654-8888 

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Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Eckert Explores 
Instrumental Connections 

(continued from page 24) 
give anyone chills. 

Appealing to both the intellec¬ 
tual and emotional, Eckert pro¬ 
duced an overall experience that 
had depth and meaning far be¬ 
yond its provincial narrative. 

mately, it 
was a dis¬ 
about the 
ship be- - 

tween religion and science, and 
the limitations of both episte¬ 

The second act, “The Idiot 

If an idiot can 
communicate to our 
souls through music, is 
he still an idiot? 

what we consider to be knowl¬ 

If an idiot can communicate to 
our souls through music, is he 
still an idiot? If religion can lead 
us to scientific discoveries, are 
our notions of them as exclusive 
we should 

- where we 

see only differences, wisdom 
where we see naivete and intelli¬ 
gence where we see only unin¬ 
formed sentiment. 


A facial expression is worth a thousand words: Rinde Eckert desperately divines for answers to religion, art, science 
and water. 

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hysterical and grave piece dealing MUSICOt BOP Set High by VermOIlt Orchestra 

symbolically with questions 
about the qualifications and value 
of knowledge and wisdom. 

Performed in an Irish accent, 
“An Idiot Divine” had audience 
members bursting out in laughter 
at Eckerts ridiculous observa¬ 
tions about the unique personali¬ 
ties of each of his fingers and the 
basic nature of the male species. 
While humorous, his narrative 
also hit solemn notes in which his 
character, a self-proclaimed idiot, 
realized something disturbing 
about human nature and his own 

Combining these comedic and 
tragic elements into one narra¬ 
tive, Eckert highlighted the de¬ 
pendence of one on another; 
without comedy there is no 
tragedy and vice versa. 

Appearing on stage harnessed 
with different instruments, in¬ 
cluding a tuba, an accordion, a 
guitar, a small flute and some 
bells, Eckert carefully distributed 
them about the stage, creating 
spatial limits for his scene. 

He alternated between all of 
the instruments, conveying differ¬ 
ent emotions with his playing. 
Working within these limits, the 
performance implied the restric¬ 
tions of theater as well as its po¬ 
tential to combine different forms 
of meaning and expression to cre¬ 
ate a fuller experience. 

Eckert’s performance was a 
brilliant exploration of sight, 
sound and narrative, taking his 
audience from high to low in a 
momentary switch of tone. In 
reaching his goal of creating a 
“fiercely interdisciplinary” the¬ 
atrical production, the perfor¬ 
mance necessitated thought about 

(continued from page 24) 
tended for the much higher-pitched 
and nearly obsolete violino piccolo. 

The sudden lively swing was well 
executed. In fact, this skilled 
handling of change in 
moods by the orchestra was 
apparent all through the 

The first movement of Mozarts 
Symphony 40 in G minor, which 
also had sudden changes in mood 
and tempo in the beginning, was 
very well played. The danceable Al¬ 
legro and the Minuet were also 
pleasant to the ears — marks of 
Bach’s prowess. Therefore, it was 
shocking to find out that the Mar¬ 
grave of Brandenburg, to whom 
Bach gave a collection of six com¬ 
positions, inventoried these move¬ 
ments with other compositions and 
placed a total value of four groschen 
(two cents) on this precious collec¬ 

The second piece was the 11 
minute world-premier of David R. 
Gunn’s “A Tangoed Web.” Vermont- 
based Gunn studied music in the 
Settlement Music School in 
Philadephia, focusing in piano and 
percussion and graduated from 
Ohio State University with a degree 
in musical composition. 

His sense of humor has been a 
trademark of his early works, which 
include pieces such as “A Suite of 
Piano Pieces for Unruly Children” 
and “Sonata for 2nd French horn, 
Piano and Page Turner.” However, 
this talented composer does not cut 
back musical complexity, especially 
rhythmic complexity, in his work. 

According to Gunn, this com¬ 
missioned piece is “serious but fun.” 
It is a mosaic of eight different 

toms, timbales, congas, cowbell, 
cabasa and woodblocks, incremen¬ 
tally gaining intensity. This dramat¬ 
ic end closed the first half of the 

The initial beats of the Ghanian drum resonated with the Mozart’s Symphony 40 in 

G Minor, K550, movements 
Molto Allegro , Andante , Min- 

tango themes and begins with Prin¬ 
cipal Percussionist Thomas Toner 
walking in from the back of the 
Concert Hall playing a simple beat 

drum resonated with the cellos and 
soon a full-blown vivacious tango 
was playing. The interception of the 
solo drum was a unifying element 

cellos and soon a full blown vivacious tango was playing. 

on the Ewe drum. Toner, assistant 
professor of music at the University 
of Vermont, has also had an eclectic 
career, which includes work in 
Monaco and Ghana. He is a special 
feature on this tour. 

The initial beats of the Ghanian 

in this piece, which made for fasci¬ 
nating listening due to its syncopat¬ 
ed beat at certain parts. The end of 
the piece was equally attention- 
grabbing; the solo drum was aug¬ 
mented by all sorts of percussion 
instruments — kick drums, tom 

uet Allegretto and Allegro Assai , was 
performed during the second half. 
The quick and intense phrases, es¬ 
pecially in the final movement, were 
well executed and the climactic 
ending concluded the concert on an 
exciting note — literally. 


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Blowin' Indie Wind 

Spoon Aims High and Strips the Moon to Minimalist Perfection 


Staff Writer 

While Spoon has been busy 
stripping down to a sound that is 
spotlessly clean and decidedly 
minimalist, their music has been 
growing and advancing expo¬ 
nentially with the release of each 
album. They have reached an all- 
time high with their most recent 
release, “Kill the Moonlight,” 
which explodes like an all- 
shook-up can of Coke and is 
guaranteed to quench your thirst 
just as well. 

Hailing from Austin, Texas, 
Spoon formed in 1992 as a col¬ 
laboration between vocalist and 
guitarist Britt Daniel, and drum¬ 
mer Jim Eno. They played musi¬ 
cal chairs with a party of bassists 
until handing the goody bag (a 
few munchies and a permanent 
place in the band) over to Andy 

Their first release, “Tele¬ 
phono” (1996), followed by their 
“Soft Effects EP”in 1997, opened 
a few ears to their emerging mu¬ 
sical genius, but it wasn't until 
1998, when the band released 
their second full-length album, 
“Series of Sneaks,” that people 
really started tuning in. The 
moderate critical success of this 
album, though, coincided with a 
recording fiasco: Only months 
after the major label debut of 
“Sneaks,” Elektra Records 
abruptly dropped Spoon from its 

Voted off the island and bitter 
about it, Spoon sought its re¬ 
venge through “The Agony of 

LaffitteEP”(1999),atwo$ongre- which they soon released their 
lease dealing with being dropped third EP, “Love Ways,” that same 
and getting back at the A&R guy, year. 

Ron Laffitte, who_.._This record deal 

did the ~~~~~ and release 

drop- ^ The Band: Spoon were 

P in 8 (The Album: "Kill the Moonlight" ) more 

After x. onro ^ an 

“Agony,” ^UUz enough to 

get Spoon back on 

Spoon released a 
handful of seven inch singles their feet: in 2001 they recorded 
until landing a record deal in “Girls Can Tell,” their third full- 
2000 with Merge Records, under (see Stripping, page 27) 



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Page 27 

Regular Updates 

Campus News. 

Isn't it about time you 
brought something to 
the conversation. 

Daily Weather. 

Now that you're going 
out.. Umbrella? Coat? 
Flood gear? 


Find something to do. 
See what's going down 
on and off campus. 

Must See Features 

Movie Listings. 

Go check out that new 
flick before someone 
tells you how it ends. 

Cash for College. 

Sure, college life costs 
money. We'll even help 
you find scholarships. 

Daily Horoscope. 

That's right, we know 
what the future holds. 
Pretty cool, huh? 

Sign up now at 

Laying it Down 

Louisa Conrad 

Accompanying a saxophinist, Alex Reiser ’03.5 breaks out of the 1 -5 base scheme on 
Tuesday night at the grille. 

Religious Background 
Breeds Spiritual Show 

(continued from page 24) 
ed an energy that was only 
matched by the band itself. Ran¬ 
dolph provided a lot of the force 
behind the music with his huge 
grin and obvious exhilaration at 
playing with his band. 

Randolph grew up in New Jer¬ 
sey, the son of a dea¬ 
con (father) and a 
minister (mother). 

His spiritual up¬ 
bringing is apparent 
in his music, with its 
evocation of the 
Perftecostal Church 
music services where 
he first played pedal 

Players he cites as 
influences include 
Ted Beard, Calvin 
Cooke and Glenn 
Lee. Randolph 
learned to play primarily of his 
own initiative, although he did re¬ 
ceive some advice from other pedal 
steel players who went to his 

His unique style can be attrib¬ 
uted to his self-taught background, 
during which he advanced from a 

$60 six-string lap steel model to the 
13-string pedal steel model he 
plays today. 

Robert Randolph and the Fami¬ 
ly Band have been around for a rel¬ 
atively short time, with the lineup 
finally being solidified in Septem¬ 
ber of 2000. The band began play¬ 
ing shows outside 
of church soon 
after, with Ginty 
on Hammond 
organ, Marcus 

Robert’s cousin, on 
drums, and Mor¬ 
gan on bass. 

All four musi¬ 
cians contribute 
boundless passion 
into their music, to 
which anyone who 
witnessed the 
show last Thurs¬ 
day can attest. Taking into account 
Randolph’s background, it is not 
too far of a stretch to say that it 
truly was a spiritual experience. 

For more information and tour¬ 
ing schedules, visit the Family 
Band's Web site: www.robertran- 

The crowd, 
which was full of 
excitement for 
the duration of 
the show, 
emanated an 
energy that was 
only matched by 
the band itself. 

Stripping Shows Spoon’s Depth 

(continued from page 26) 
length CD and a tremendous suc¬ 
cess, appearing at the top of many 
best of 2001 lists. Critics lauded 
Daniel for “possessing one of the 
sexiest voices in modern 
rock,” and effectively using 
influences from Nirvana to 
Elvis Costello and Sonic 
Youth to create the band’s 
unique, genre-crossing 

The praise has grown 
even louder with the recent 2002 
release, “Kill the Moonlight,” 
Spoons fourth CD. Although still 
unmistakably Spoon,“Moonlight” 
is more musically daring, more 
willing to take chances than any of 
their previous albums. 

Keeping with their mid-tempo 
post-punk and methodical 
melody as the core, Spoon experi¬ 
ments with new sounds and the 
minimalization of old sounds. 
Guitars no longer appear on every 
song — pianos, handclaps, 
breathing, horns and string sam¬ 
ples take their place. This artsy ap¬ 
proach gives the music a barer, 
more barren feel, an austere at¬ 
mosphere reinforced by Daniel’s 
smooth, detached voice. 

But this minimalism is any¬ 
thing but simple; 
through the strip¬ 
ping down of 
sound, Spoon cre¬ 
ates a mass of ten¬ 
sion-filled space. 

What has been stripped away 
starkly exposes what has re¬ 
mained: each sound and instru¬ 
ment rings with full force, result¬ 
ing in a spooky, offbeat and — 

Spoon experiments with new 
sounds and the 
minimalization of old sounds. 
Guitars no longer appear on 
every song — 

given the sur¬ 

prisingly sing¬ 
able melodies 
— really fun lis¬ 


opens with the _ 

song “Small Stakes,” a perfect in¬ 
troduction to Spoon’s increasing¬ 
ly simple approach to creating 
complex sounds. 

It uses repetition relentlessly — 
the background beat and drone of 
“Small Stakes,” as with all of 
Spoon’s songs, is like a pounding 
headache that won’t go away. 
Daniel’s voice is the aspirin that 
coats this headache, suppresses it 
under a smooth layer and makes it 
but a distant memory. 

The next song, “The Way We 
Get By,” is completely different 
jazzy, upbeat and piano based. 
“The Way We Get By” is a preview 
to the eclecticism of the entire 
album and to Spoon’s creative ex¬ 
ploration and combination of 

many genres, from punk to jazz to 
funk. Spoon throws caution to the 
wind and embraces any type of 
music that is sure to enrich their 
own sound. 

This fearlessness pays 
off: “Kill the Moonlight” 
is.bold, explosive and ab¬ 
solutely brilliant. It is an 
album that gets better 
with every listen and that, 
through its minimalism, 
creates an en dless possi¬ 
bility for 
to and 
ating the 

pianos, handclaps, 
breathing, horns and 
string samples take their 

between what is actually heard 
and what is inferred in the music. 

Spoon will be touring, promoting 
this latest release, primarily along 
the West Coast in the near future 
with a slew of interesting compan¬ 
ions, including Crooked Fingers, 
The Oranges and The Young Peo¬ 
ple. If you find yourself in San 
Diego or Tucson, Ariz. over fall 
break, keep your ears and eyes open 
for the fresh new sound of Spoon. 

Britt Daniel will perform inde¬ 
pendently at the Knitting Factory 
in New York on Nov. 2. 

For listening samples, merchan¬ 
dise and the latest news, visit 
Spoons Web site: www.spoonthe - 

Page 28 


Wednesday, October 2, 2002 

The Weekly Club Team Beat... 

Rugby Crew Lllater Polo 

Sticky Bandits Stealing 
IM Football Show 

The men’s and women’s crew The men’s water polo team won 
teams traveled to Ottawa last three of its four games last weekend 
weekend to compete in the Head of at Amherst College, continuing to 

Both the men’s and women’s 
rugby teams walked away victori¬ 
ous from their respective games 
this past weekend. The men de¬ 
molished Keene State 60-8 while 
the women snuck past Green 
Mountain College in the second 
half, 32-24. 

Caleb Consenstein ’06, who 
scored twice in only the second 
game of his career, anchored a 
strong showing by the Panthers. 

The strong Middlebury defense 
only allowed three points in the 
first half, going into the break 
with a 21-3 lead. The Panthers 
used an exceptionally strong sec¬ 
ond half to secure the win, scor¬ 
ing almost 40 points and only al¬ 
lowing one try. Raiden Tsuboi '04 
converted almost all of his extra¬ 
point attempts to lead the Pan¬ 
thers to a convincing win. 

At Middlebury, the women 
battled back from a 24-10 half¬ 
time deficit, also using a com¬ 
manding second half to their ad¬ 
vantage. Behind Johanna Riesel’s 
‘05 two tries, the Panthers held The following weeekend, both thers should receive more encour 
Green Mountain scoreless in the teams will head to the Stonehurst agement when one of the squad’s 

last 40 minutes to steadily come Invitational, in Rochester, N.Y., top offensive weapons, Shon Hedges 

back. Katie Hoeschler ’03 scored where they will face off against ’04, returns to the water sometime 

the winning try with under 10 some of the top Division I rowing next week. The squad will then host 

minutes to play. programs in the country. a tournament on Oct. 12-13. 

... , _ ...... _ . .... 

- Nick Ferrer and Kate Nerenberg, Sports Editors 

the Ridcau Regatta. In their first 
real test since setting the boats in 
Lake Dunmore, the teams faced 
stiff international competition 
from both Queens University and 
Trent University. The men’s light¬ 
weight 4+ boat, captained by Mike 
Reis ’03, finished third in a race so 
tight that just six seconds seperat- 
ed the first and third place boats. 
On the women’s side. Harmony 
Button ’03 and her lightweight 4+ 
boat took home second, while the 
open women’s 4+ placed third. 

This Saturday, the teams will 
head back to Lake Dunmore for 
the annual Parents Weekend festiv¬ 
ities. Students, faculty and parents 
are all invited to partake in the 

assert itself as one of the most dan 
gerous squads in New England. The 
Panthers collected easy wins over 
both Amherst and Tufts and suc¬ 
ceeded in drowning Williams in 
overtime, marking the first time in 
Middlebury water polo history the 
team has defeated the Ephs. The 
Panthers suffered their only loss, by 
one goal, at the hands of perennial 
league champion Dartmouth. Char¬ 
lie Evans ’04 was spectacular in goal 
for the Panthers, and Andrew Boyce 
’03.5 provided the team with an ex¬ 
ceptionally strong showing. 

Though somewhat dissapointed 
with the team’s performance, Cap¬ 
tain Dan Whitmore ’03.5 was en¬ 
couraged by the weekend’s final re¬ 

event, which begins at 11 a.m. suits. “We didn’t play as well as we 
Brunch will be provided and fans should have, but we still beat three 
will get their first look at the brand of four good teams, and we barely 
new Resolute boats, before the lost to Dartmouth. I think we 
"courageous few” take to water and proved that we can compete with 
learn to row. any team in the league.” The Pan- 





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Week three of Middlebury in¬ 
tramural (IM) football has made 
apparent an important point to 
IMers everywhere; who is a con¬ 
tender and who is a pretender. Just 
as the coming weeks will weed out 
the Chargers and Panthers of the 
NFL, week three and week four will 
do the same for IM football. 

Week three also marked the fi¬ 
nalization of the schedule by com¬ 
missioners Eric“Gilby” Gilbertson 
*03 and Pat Rose ’03. It is a task for 
which both should be highly com¬ 
mended. The team making head¬ 
lines after the opening weeks is un¬ 
doubtedly the Sticky Bandits who 
Gilbertson noted, “look unstop¬ 
pable.” In what amounted to a 
Midd Lacrosse reunion, the juniors 
of Sticky Bandits headed by John 
West and Greg Bastis throttled the 
sophomore team Surf Side Six 
headed by Dave Leach ’05 and 
company. After the loss however, 
the Surf Side proceeded to school 
Lindy Bites to get back on track 
and remain one of the “con¬ 

Destined for a Friday night 
match up, both The Bus and 
Spearmint Rhinos had convincing 
wins in week three. Although 
Gilbertson had to flake on the idea 
of a Friday night match up for var¬ 
ious reasons the teams are still on a 
crash course towards the eminent 
disaster of friendly rivalry. 

Spearmint Rhinos, floored the 
South Vergennes All-Stars who are 
seemingly without any stars at all. 
Thomas Bambrick ’03 continues to 
be a one-man version of the Sticky 
Bandits; simply unstoppable. His 
quarterback Andrew Gustafson ’03 
was once again on the money 
Monday behind center. He cur¬ 
rently sits with a QB rating of 
400.00. His attempt to parlay a QB 
career into that of a punter fell 
short however, to the tune of a 15- 
yard punt in Monday’s game.“I was 
saying to myself, that looks just like 
a punt only shorter,” said a first- 
year cheerleader at the game. 

The Bus had a convincing 38-24 
victory of its own bolstered by Dan 
Stenson ’03 and Mike Walsh-Ellis 
’03, who was fresh off a fine per¬ 
formance in a Middlebury golf 
tournament just a week earlier. 
Said Walsh-Ellis, “It was a priv- 
eledge playing with The Bus, I am 
glad I got on.” His play was akin to 
that of a former New England star, 
“Big Play” Willie Clay. The only Bus 
player on injured reserve was Alan 
Topalian ’03 who had to go to New 
York for an examination of his 
pulled groin muscle. 

As week four starts, look for of¬ 
ficial BCS rankings to come out 
and be available along with team 
records on the intramural web 
page. The Sticky Bandits are a lock 
to be a consensus number-one in 
the polls, but several others should 
emerge in the coming weeks. 

Tennis Stars Shine at MIT Tourney 


_ Features Editor _ 

Following championship per¬ 
formances in the season’s first two 
tournaments, the Middlebury 
men’s tennis team sent its top five 
players to the Massachusetts Insti¬ 
tute of Technology (MIT) last 
Men's Tennis 

Saturday, Sept. 28 - Omni Hotels Champ. 

Justin Ingoglia 

I Quarterfinals 

Nate Edmonds 

Brian Waldron 

Fourth Round 

Ari Beilin 

Fourth Round 

weekend to compete in the Omni 
Hotels Championship, where they 
faced the stiffest competition they 
have seen thus far. Among the 
teams participating were 
Williams, which is the defending 
national champion, and MIT, 
whose strong first year class rivals 
that of Middlebury. The format of 
the tournament consisted of one 
singles draw with 64 slots 
and one doubles draw with 
32 slots. 

In singles action, sopho¬ 
more Justin Ingoglia 
played his strongest tennis 
of the season, making it all 
the way to the quarterfi¬ 
nals. After receiving a first- 
round bye, Ingoglia dismissed his 
first opponent 6-1, 6-0. He then 
earned a valiant win over Amherst 
in three sets, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4. In 
the quarterfinals against Bow- 
doin’s Colin Joyner, Ingoglia lost 
the first set 5-7 and went down 1- 
5 in the second before battling all 
the way back to 6-5. Despite sav¬ 
ing three match points, Joyner 

managed to take the second-set 
tie-breaker from Ingoglia, 7-4. 

For Ingoglia, however, the ex¬ 
perience was “unbelievable.” “I 
had the most fun in tennis this 
weekend that I’ve ever had,” he 
stated. “I really had two great bat¬ 

Elsewhere in singles action 
were first-years Nate Edmunds 
and Brian Waldron, both of whom 
entered the tournament having 
not yet lost a singles match for 
Middlebury. Edmunds continued 
his streak in the round of 16, 
where he pulled out a tremendous 
win against Williams, 6-4,1 -6,6-4. 
Unfortunately, Edmunds then met 
the eventual champion from MIT 
and suffered his first loss 6-3,6-4. 

Waldron, meanwhile, followed 
in his teammate’s footsteps by 
crushing Bates, 6-0,6-1, in the first 
round before playing a superlative 
match against a tough Williams 
opponent in Tim White. Showing 
a measure of patience absent from 

I had the most fun in tennis that I've 
ever had ... I really had two great bat¬ 

—Justin Ingoglia '05, on advancing to 
the quarterfinals of the Omni Hotels 

his play of the previous two weeks, 
Waldron managed to work eight 
and ten-ball rallies consistently 
into perfect set-ups for huge fore¬ 
hand winners. Despite his 7-6 (5), 
6-2 loss to MIT in the round of 16, 
Waldron displayed some tremen¬ 
dous talent. He and Edmunds 
both proved a great deal by 
emerging triumphant in Middle- 

bury’s first two head-to-head 
matches against Williams. 

Ari Beilin ’06 may have been 
Middlebury’s third casualty to 
MIT, but he fell in the round of 16 
only after picking up two strong 
wins against Colby and Bates. In 
his first-round versus Colby, 
Beilin won easily 6-3, 6-2. But he 
faced a tougher challenge in veter¬ 
an Bates lefty Alex MacDonald. 
After winning a close first set 
though, Beilin cruised to a 7-6 (4), 
6-2 victory. Senior Captain Steve 
Hulce faced tough competition in 
his only singles match, which he 
lost in straight sets. 

In doubles action though, the 
hefty team of Hulce and Beilin 
stomped upon Amherst 6-2, 6-3. 
They then suffered a tough 6-4,6- 
3 loss to MIT, despite being much 
bigger men. The second doubles 
team of Ingoglia and Edmunds 
won their first match rather easily. 
In the quarterfinals, however, a 
pulled leg muscle severely limited 
Ingoglia’s movement, 
and the added pressure 
on Edmunds proved to 
be too much. They fell 
6-7 (3) 6-2, 6-2. 

In practice this 
week, Ingoglia admit¬ 
ted that while his leg 

_ does feel better, he still 

feels the injury somewhat. The 
minor injury has no impact on the 
team though. For, as men’s tennis 
travels north for the Bates Invita¬ 
tional, the top five players will all 
remain on campus with a well-de¬ 
served weekend off. 

The final test of the short fall 
season will then come during the 
Cornell Invitational on Nov. 5. 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 


Page 29 

Field Hockey Wins 1 of 2 


Associate Editor 

The trip to Maine is always a 
tough one for any Middlebury 
team. In a weekend which saw a 
host of Panther teams travel to Va- 
cationland, the field hockey team 
returned home with a split of its 
two games against Colby and Bow- 
doin. Middlebury played one of its 
best games of the young season in 
Waterville, winning 2-0 against a 
strong Colby squad. Sunday’s re¬ 
sults were not as sweet, with Bow- 
doin taking a 3-2 victory in a hard- 
fought contest. 

Middlebury faced not only the 
challenge of the White Mules on 
Saturday but also that of playing 
on natural turf for the first time 
this fall. Coach Katharine De- 
Lorenzo said of the game, “It was 
an outstanding win against Colby, 
especially in our first grass game 

this year.” Despite the being out¬ 
played for some of the first half, the 
Panthers jumped on the board with 
6:45 left on a goal by first-year Ash¬ 
ley Lyddane. The second half saw a 
lone insurance goal by Char Gless- 
ner ’03.5 giving her for on the sea¬ 

The unequivocal star of the 
game however, was in the Middle¬ 
bury net. Jo Opot ’05, natural turf 
and all, swallowed five saves en 
route to the shutout. “Jo had the 
best game of her Middlebury ca¬ 
reer,” commented DeLorenzo. She 
was largely responsible for keeping 
Middlebury in the game early as 
Colby was applying serious pres¬ 

After an emotional win, the team 
headed to Bowdoin Sunday. The 
game was back and forth finding 
Middlebury the aggressor as it at¬ 
tempted to rally from a 3-1 deficit 


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Kathrin Schwesinger 

Middlebury field hockey went one and one this past weekend , beating 
Colby and losing to Bowdoin. 


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early in the second half. The Pan¬ 
thers in their surge back had many 
offensive opportunities. One cul¬ 
minated in junior Becca Brakeley’s 
first career goal. At 3-2, Middle¬ 
bury found its time running out 
and the game eventually ended to 
that score. Both the Polar Bears 
and Panthers are tied atop the New 
England Small College Athletic 
Conference (NESCAC) standings 
with Bates at 3-1. 

Despite a win against Bowdoin 
last year, DeLorenzo admitted 
many things have changed. Bow¬ 
doin retained many of its top play¬ 
ers and has, by far, the best goals- 
scored to goals-allowed ratio in the 
conference. “We are a much better 
team than a year ago,” said De¬ 
Lorenzo of another change from 
last year’s matchup. “This year’s 
game was a lot better and much 
closer than last year’s. 

A pleasant surprise for Middle¬ 
bury has been the play of first-year 
Lyddane who added another goal 
in the loss to Bowdoin on Sunday. 
She currently sits tied with team¬ 
mate Glessner at eighth in the 
NESCAC in goals per game.“She is 
a great field hockey player,” said 
coach DeLorenzo. Look for Lyd¬ 
dane to make contributions other 
than scoring as until this point she 
has benefited from playing the 
main goal-scorer’s position on the 

Midd Statitudes 


Attendance at last Saturday’s football game between 
University of Nebraska and Iowa State. 


Attendance at last Saturday s football game between 
Middlebury and Colby — showing what it means to 
play “for love of the game.” 


Total minutes spent by 20 women on the elliptical 
machine last Wednesday at the Fitness Center. 


Total minutes spent by those same women playing 
FIFA 2002. 


Million dollars on the New York Mets payroll. 


Games out of first-place which the Mets finished. 


New York Mets accused of smoking marijuana. 


Manager fired for these small and trivial shortcom 
ings. Bobby Valentine was asked to resign on Tuesday, 
October 1. 

—Nick Ferrer, Sports Editor 

Middlebury, with the help of all 
its talented players, travels to Keene 
State today. DeLorenzo noted that 
Keene State is an extremely tough 
team at home and that all of the 
practices leading up to today’s 
game have been devoted to giving 
its opponent a different look. The 
same strategy will be used for the 

Panthers in a rematch of last sea¬ 
son’s NESCAC semifinal against 
Amherst this Saturday. Middlebury 
will also look to use its superior 
speed against the Lord Jeffs. Al¬ 
though Amherst has struggled to a 
0-3 record in NESCAC look for a 
tight game against these rival teams 
this weekend. 

Panthers Stomped by Tuff Jumbos 

(continued from page 32) 
been pleased with this outing, but 
they exhibited class and good 
sportsmanship, which is more 
than can be said for the Jumbos 
Coming off of the weekend, the 
Panthers are aware of the chal¬ 
lenges that await them. The 
NESCAC is arguably the top Divi¬ 
sion III women’s tennis conference 
in the nation, featuring seven out 

of the top twenty-five teams. The 
Panthers are currently ranked 
22nd nationally, a standing on 
which they hope to improve by 
learning from their mistakes and 
altering practice strategy. 

Since the loss to Tufts, the 
squad has devoted more energy to 
conditioning and off-court train¬ 
ing. Morale remains high, as the 
Panthers are proud of the intensi¬ 

ty they maintained throughout the 
weekend and excited for their up¬ 
coming matches. 

On Wednesday, the Panthers 
will have the opportunity to prove 
themselves as a dominant force in 
New England tennis when they 
travel to Williamstown, Mass., and 
take on the two-time defending 
national champion Williams Col¬ 
lege Ephs. 

Page 30 


Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Late Field Goal Lifts Panthers Over Colby 

(continued from page 32) 
play a whole game of defense, not 
just quarter to quarter defense if 
we wanted to be successful”, said 
Tri-Captain Braga. “Thankfully 
we were able to come out in the 
second half and shut them 
down”—and shut them down is 
exactly what they did as the de¬ 
fense pitched a shutout in the sec¬ 
ond half. 

As the game progressed and 
with both defenses playing close 
to perfection, Middlebury looked 
to take the lead on their second 
drive of the second half. Starting 
deep in their own territory, Mid¬ 
dlebury marched 81-yards in 10 
plays, eventually stalling on 
Colby’s 9-yard line, which allowed 
kicker Mike Frissora *03 to set-up 
for a 24-yard chip shot, which he 
fired through the uprights, to put 
the Panthers ahead 17 to 14. 

To no one’s surprise, Colby an¬ 
swered right back with a long 
drive — brining its offense deep 
inside the Panthers area of the 
field. Looking to tie the game, the 
White Mules brought in their field 
goal kicker, but a poor snap pre¬ 
vented the kick from ever hap¬ 
pening and Wills Allen ’03 
pounced on the loose ball for the 

As the Maine wind picked up, 
both offenses began to further 
slow. Middlebury was unable to 
score in four chances from the 
one-yard line, and the White 
Mules fumbled away one opportu¬ 
nity and threw the other into the 
hands of Middlebury safety Craig 
Schuette ’03. 

As the remaining seconds 
dwindled, victory seemed immi¬ 

nent for the Panthers. The only 
thing that stood before a Middle¬ 
bury win was one last drive for the 
White Mules. The Panther’s de¬ 
fense, showing no signs of fatigue, 
kept Colby’s offense far from the 
end zone. As the White Mules’ 56- 
yard field goal attempt sailed help¬ 
lessly short of the uprights, and 
with the scoreboard clock reading 
zero, Middlebury players charged 
ferociously towards their defense 
to celebrate their first win of the 

In reflecting on the game, 
Coach Robert Ritter said “It was 
an emotional, hard-fought game, 
where we received exceptional ef¬ 
forts on both sides of the ball and 
from our special teams. It was a 
true test of our program’s resolve 
and I was pleased with our ability 
to earn a well-deserved win on the 

Next week, Middlebury stu¬ 
dents and their parents should be 
spoiled with a huge NESCAC 
match-up between the Panthers 
and the extremely talented Lord 
Jeffs of Amherst. 

“If our offense, and especially 
our offensive line can play the way 
it did this past weekend against 
Colby, with its dominating force 
and aggressive nature, I think we 
can be extremely successful this 
upcoming weekend against 
Amherst,” proclaimed offense 
center Michael Pepperman ’03,“If 
we play our brand of football, we 
should have a real shot at beating 

Kick- off is at 1:30 p.m. Satur¬ 
day at Youngman Field. The 
showcase is sure to energize a 
maximum capacity crowd. 

Women's Volleyball 
Wins Two, Loses Two 


Staff Writer 

The Middlebury women’s volley¬ 
ball team continued their trend of 
solid play, splitting four games dur¬ 
ing their second straight weekend of 
tournament play. The Panthers 


Saturday, Sept. 28 



Friday, Sept. 27 


kicked off their week Tuesday night 
against a strong Union College side 
in what they hoped would set the 
tone for the weekend’s Amherst 

In what proved to be their closest 
matchup since last weekend’s nail- 
biter against Colby,the Panthers fell 
to Union 3-2. Fortunately, the loss 
did not set 
the stage 
for what 
turned out 
to be a 

tourna- _ 

ment that included victories over 
both Western Connecticut and 
North Eastern Small College Athlet¬ 
ic Conference (NESCAC) rival 
Tufts en route to late round losses. 
Unlike last weekend’s NESCAC 
tournament, the Amherst Classic 

was played in elimination style, 
meaning that the Panthers had to 
work their way through the brack¬ 
ets before clashing with perennial- 
powerhouse M.I.T. and the well- 
supported host team. 

Late losses aside, the Panther 
women were in good spirits. “We 
really clicked on Friday night,” said 
Danielle Boniello ’04 after the 
tournament. “We were having so 
much fun out there. The team 
chemistry paid off big time,” she 
continued. Like all tightly knit 
teams, the Panthers benefited from 
strong leadership. Both Evan Kanaly 
’03 and Katie Kenney ’03 brought 
their A-games, the latter exhibiting 
fierce determinationin overcoming 
a challenging injury. “Katie played 
with amazing intensity,’’added 
Boniello,“she is always ready to play, 
but Saturday night she was more 
than that. She was an inspiration.” 

The Panthers take on Plattsburgh 
Tuesday night before receiving a 

[Kenney] is always ready to play, 
but Saturday night she was more 
than that. She was an inspiration. 

— Danielle Boniello '04 

week off as 
they pre¬ 
pare for the 
second half 

_ of their 

regular season. They will be back in 
action on Oct. 8 against St. Michael’s 
College. These two long anticipat¬ 
ed matchups will be crucial if the 
Panthers hope to continue their 
string of six straight winning sea¬ 

Cross-Country Strong at Tufts Invitational 


Staff Writer 

On Saturday, the men’s and 
women’s cross country teams 
traveled to Grafton, Mass., to 
compete in the Tufts Invitational. 

Cross Country 

Saturday, Sept. 28 - MEN 

Saturday, Sept. 28 - WOMEN 


The race was a preview of the New 
England Small College Athletic 
Conference Championship 
(NESCAC) meet which will take 
place next month, in that the Pan¬ 

thers got an opportunity to race 
on the conference championship 
course and against many NESCAC 
rivals. The women, accustomed to 
the standard 5K format, ran in 
spectacular fashion on the 6K 
course. In their first ever race at 
the 6k distance, the Middlebury 
ladies finished a close second in 
the race, behind rival Williams, in 
a very competitive field. The men 
were also out to impress, as they 
put together a remarkable team ef¬ 
fort in the 8K race. 

Watching the men fly-by, Junior 
all-star Molly Yazwinski ’04 re¬ 
marked, “I was inspired by the 
heart and desire displayed by the 
men out there today. It’s clear to 
me now that they don’t mess 

Middlebury was victorious over Colby this past weekend 16-14 at an away game. 

Kathrin Schwesinger 

Kathrin Schwesinger 

Ellen Wohlberg ’06 sets the ball up for a spike during Middlebury s Tueday 
night matchup against Plattsburgh State. 


Yazwinski did little messing 
around herself, leading the Pan¬ 
thers with a stunning time of 
22:42 and sixth place overall on 
the hilly terrain in Grafton. In a 
brilliant display of pack running, 
four of her teammates followed 
closely behind, occupying the sev¬ 
enth through 10th spots in the 
race. Jess Manzer ’05, Sarah 
Logan ’03, Nora Segar ’06 and 
Marisa Cawley ’05 all crossed the 
finish line in the next 34 seconds, 
without giving way to an opposing 
runner. Kelsey Rinehart ’06 and 
Jordan MacClary ’05 ran 24:00 
and 24:33, respectively, to com¬ 
plete the women’s top seven fin¬ 

The women ran courageously 
and did so without several key 
veterans, including co-captains 
Michela Adrian ’03 and Krista 
Evans ’03, and seniors Kaitlin 
Gregg and Kate Pentkowski, all of 
whom are battling injury. 

In the men’s race, the men ex¬ 
hibited a similar pack-running 
strategy which the women used. 
First-year phenom Garrot Kuzzy 
’06 is the exception to this policy 
as he stormed ahead of the Mid¬ 
dlebury men, finishing in a stun¬ 
ning time of 27:07 and 8th place 
overall. Behind Kuzzy came a pack 
of three speedy Panthers: Jersey 
Joe Accordino ’06, Jonny Erwin 
’05 and Marshall Greene ’04, all of 
whom remarkably finished within 
a second of each other at 27:38 to 
27:39. The next six Panthers to 
cross the finish line all finished 
within 34 seconds of each other. 
Nolan Sandygren ’06 led the way 
with a time of 27:59, as he was fol¬ 
lowed in close pursuit by co-cap¬ 
tain and fan favorite Mike Maz- 
zotta ’03, Nick Digani ’05, Jakub 
Benes ’04, Nat Silverson ’04 and 
Chris Eberly ’04. 

The men and women will race 
in the Vermont State Champi¬ 
onship Meet this Friday at Saint 
Michael’s College. The teams ap¬ 
pear to be getting stronger and 
more confident as each day passes 
and should be fired up to repre¬ 
sent Middlebury among Ver¬ 
mont’s fastest runners come Fri¬ 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 


Keene, Bowdoin Top Panthers 


_ Sports Editor _ 

As the Middlebury women's 
soccer team completed the first 
half of their regular season, they 
improved their record to 3-2-1 
despite dropping two of three 
games this past week. However, 
they proved that they can not only 
compete with, but also cause 
damage to some of the top teams 
in the region. 

Women's Soccer 

Saturday, September 28th 



Sunday, September 29th 



On Wednesday, the Panthers 
battled Keene State at home, trad¬ 
ing goals in the first half, before 
losing 4-3. Just 2:08 into the game, 
the Owls managed to put the ball 
past goalkeeper Els Van Woert ’05. 
The Panthers battled back as Britt 
Kittelsen ’03 assisted a goal by 
Anna Gayman ’03 at 29:13 to even 
the game up. Following a Keene 
State goal, Meg Bonney ’03 again 
tied the game at two towards the 
end of the first half. 

Leah Cumsky-Whitlock ’03 
was able to put Middlebury on top 
with a successful penalty kick be¬ 
fore the Owls snuck in one more 
goal with under two minutes to 
play, going into halftime with a 3- 
3 score. Keene State again scored 
early in the next half, at 6:39 off a 
corner kick, taking the lead for 
good, holding the Panthers score¬ 
less for the rest of the second ses- 

Leah Cumsky-Whitlock ’03 shields a defender during a contest last weekend against Wesleyan. 

Kathrin Schwesinger 

sion and handing them their first 
loss of the season. Van Woert 
ended the game with four saves in 

“Certainly, the strikers did as I 
asked and then some,” Head Coach 
Diane Boettcher said in response 
to the wide distribution of goals. 
“Corner kick situations were the 
key to the Keene game and that is a 
two step accountability. The backs 
cannot give up corners easily, they 
must be better turning the ball up- 
field and against pressure. The 
goalkeeper must make her path to 
the ball and catch in the six-yard 

Despite the loss, the Panthers 

took their scoring confidence and 
defensive lessons on the road to 
Maine to play Colby and Bowdoin. 
In the first of these games against 
Colby, Middlebury responded 
much differently to an early goal by 
their opponent. The White Mules, 
like Keene State, scored within the 
first 10 minutes of the game. How¬ 
ever, the Panthers used their expe¬ 
rience to go into halftime up, 2-1. 
In the last 15:02 of the first half, 
Bonney scored two goals putting 
her team on top. 

The second half showcased the 
incredible flexibility and depth of 
the Panthers. Looking ahead to 
Sunday’s game, Middlebury re¬ 

placed many of the starters, who 
needed “enough playing time to 
build confidence without getting 
tired,” according to Boettcher. The 
Panthers used a balanced attack 
and the advantage of a strong wind 
to seal their victory with two more 
goals. Kittlesen and Allison Bell ’05 
each had a goal in the second half 
and Gillian Menza ’05 ended the 
game with two assists, as Middle¬ 
bury walked away with a 4-1 victo¬ 
ry. Van Woert made eight saves in 
goal and Jessica Larson ’04 had 
two. The Panthers greatly out-shot 
Colby, 21-12. 

“The Colby victory was a 22 
Panther effort. The second half 

T1 11 a XX T 1 C X JT % crew really schooled Colby,” 

Rollercoaster Week tor Men s Soccer praised Boettcher.she wanted her 

team to use the Colby game to have 
“the confidence to open the throt¬ 
tle and score goals” against Bow¬ 
doin. However, the Polar Bears 
proved to be too resilient for the 
Panthers, who controlled the game 
for the first 30 minutes. Bowdoin 
was only able to score once in the 
first half, at 18:37. The Polar Bears, 
who remain undefeated and 
ranked number one in NESCAC 
play, ran the Panthers down in the 
second half, scoring twice, at the 50 
and 70 minute marks. 

Although Middlebury did not 
come away from the Bowdoin and 
Keene State games with victories, 
they certainly learned valuable 
lessons: “We now know that Bow¬ 
doin and Keene are the top two 
teams on our schedule, so the 
lessons of those games are the kind 
we will take into the tough games. 
The biggest improvement we shoot 
for is to cut the ‘soft’ goals per game 
to zero. Linking the backs and 
midfielders both on defense and in 
attacking support will be the criti¬ 
cal part of our team play improve¬ 
ment this year,” said Boettcher. 

The Panthers will take their 
lessons with them when they trav¬ 
el to Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday and 
when they take on Amherst at 
home on Saturday. Amherst bat¬ 
tled Bowdoin last Saturday, only to 
lose 3-0, making the Lord Jeff-Pan- 
ther challenge an interesting one. 
Boettcher wants her team to 
“maintain the ‘one game at a time’ 
focus, yet dream deeper into the 
season” as post-season play rapid¬ 
ly approaches and every game 


_ Staff Writer _ 

Middlebury men’s soccer had an 
up and down week finishing with a 
tie against Colby-Sawyer, a win 
against Colby and a loss to Bow¬ 
doin, who has now claimed the 
number one spot in the New Eng¬ 
land Small College Athletic Confer¬ 
ence (NESCAC) rankings. Middle¬ 
bury now sits in fourth place, one 
win behind Bowdoin and Wesleyan. 

The week started with the Pan¬ 
thers playing away at Colby-Sawyer. 
In their past four meetings, Middle¬ 
bury had won every game, and en¬ 
tered the game with great confi¬ 
dence to continue the trend. The 
first half came to a scoreless draw 
that was broken 51 seconds into the 
second by a Middlebury goal from 
Jason Griffiths ’04. Colby-Sawyer 
responded 20 minutes later on a 
header goal from Matt Wheel. Play 
went on into double overtime, 
though neither team could break 
the deadlock 

Slightly dismayed, the Panthers 
traveled to Maine for two games 
against their conference foes, Colby 
College and Bowdoin College. On 
Saturday, Middlebury took to the 
pitch with fury and silenced the 
Colby fans with a resounding 3-0 
victory over the White Mules. Kyle 
Dezotell ’03 set the pace for the Pan¬ 
thers late in the first half with Mid- 
dlebury’s first goal. Jacob Whitted 
’06 and Matt Haddad ’05 each 
added another goal in the second 

After the dominating win over 
Colby, Middlebury’s confidence was 

Panther soccer had a weekend filled with ups and downs as they tied 
Colby-Sawyer, beat Colby and lost to Bowdoin. 

mended, as they prepared to face 
Bowdoin, the team who had just de¬ 
feated Williams - one of Middle¬ 
bury’s most bitter foes. The game 
remained tied for much of the first 
half, as neither team was able to cap¬ 
italize on their chances at the net. 
Then, 41 minutes into the half, the 
Polar Bears’ William Waters ended 
the Panthers’ momentum with a 
perfect shot to the upper ninety. Six 

minutes into the second half, Bow¬ 
doin scored for the final goal of the 
game ending Middlebury’s hopes 
for a big win with a 2-0 loss. 

The Panthers now sit at 3-2-2 for 
the season and 2-1-1 in NESCAC 
play. They remain a definite threat 
to the top spots in the East with 
their consistent play. Middlebury 
next hosts NESCAC rival Amherst 
College this Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Page 31 





It is time to start looking ahead 
to the NFL weekend, never mind 
that it is Wednesday. This is going to 
be a low rent weekend in the NFL. 
There will be blowouts left and 
right, and with a few notable excep¬ 
tions, the games will not be worth 
watching. But I know that NFL 
Sunday ticket holders and I will be 
watching these games anyway, sc 
let’s make some predictions: 

Tampa Bay v. Atlanta — 1 hate 
picking the Bucs to w' * anything. 
TTiey are hopelesr, just as the other 
Tampa sports teams. But their line¬ 
backers have speed, and they will be 
able to control Vick in the Georgia 

N.Y. Giants v. Dallas — Who 
cares? Quincy Carter is a dud. Lie 
has a rag for an arm and he runs his 
offense like a confused drunkard, 
calling time-outs for no apparent 
reason. No NFL team deserves to 
win with a quarterback like Carter. 

Arizona v. Carolina — Rodney 
Peete is a guaranteed football leg¬ 
end, who almost pulled an upset 
over the Packers last week to put the 
Panthers at 4-0. He will carry that 
team to great heights. Arizona will 
not win a thing until they throw 
away Jake Plummer. 

St. Louis v. San Fran. — Every¬ 
one I know has expressed nothing 
but pleasure in Kurt Warner’s bro¬ 
ken pinkie [sic]. This is under¬ 
standable. An 0-5 Rams is too much 
to resist, so San Francisco will win. 

New England v. Miami — It is 
worth noting that anything 1 might 
be inclined to include here in re¬ 
gards to the Patriots will be subject¬ 
ed to editors with an extreme and 
outspoken bias. 1 also face the 
prospect of retaliation from the nu¬ 
merous gangs of unkempt Patriots 
thugs who roam this campus. That 
said, the Patriots have no run de¬ 
fense. That much is obvious; Ricky 
Williams is due for a big day. I can’t 
figure out why Tom Brady is putting 
the ball in the air 50 times a game, 
and it is tough to keep winning 
when your quarterback is having to 
do that. Go Miami. They’re my 

Denver beats San Diego for some 
reason; Kansas City flogs the Jets 
because of Chad Pennington and 
Tony Gonzalez; Washington loses 
to Tennessee; Pittsburgh over New 
Orleans behind Tommy Maddox; 
Indianapolis over Cincinnati; and 
,a$ a final pick, Randy Moss to get 
drunk and rough up a flight atten¬ 
dant on his bye week... which leaves 
just enough space for the game of 
the week: 

Bears v. Packers — Brian 
Urlacher, Roosevelt Colvin and 
Warrick Holdman the Bears’ line¬ 
backers, will have Brett Favre down 
on his knees and whimpering help¬ 
lessly for a Percocet by half-time. 
Anthony Thomas will move 
through the Packer D like an ox 
through a wheat field. The score will 
be so lopsided that A1 Michaels and 
Madden will resort to binge drink¬ 
ing and glue-sniffing by the fourth 
quarter. It will not be a pretty sight, 
but the Bears will leave scenic 
Champaign, Ill., at 3-2, and the 
Packers will leave a broken team. 

Men's Sports 

Football vs. Amherst 

Oct. 5 1 

Soccer vs. Amherst 

Oct. 5 1 

Tennis @ Bates 

Oct.5-6 1 

Wednesday, October 2,2002 

Women's Sports 

Field Hockey vs. Amherst 

Oct. 5 

Tennis @ Williams 

Oct. 2 

Soccer vs. Amherst 

Oct. 5 

Page 32 

Midd Golfers Capture NESCAC Crown 

Vlad Lodoaba 

This weekend Middlebury played host to the NESCAC golf championships. 

For the second time in four years Middlebury took home the crown. 

Football Defeats Colby, 
Earns First Win of Season 


Staff Writer 

No one wants to spend 16 
hours in a tight bus just to lose. 
Two years ago the Middlebury 
College Panthers drove eight 
hours each way to and from Wa¬ 
tertown, Maine to face off against 

Saturday, September 28th 





the Colby White Mules — they 
left suffering a one-touchdown 
defeat and had to cope with the 
feeling of despair and what could 
have been all the way back to 

This year, the Panthers were 
determined not to repeat history. 
They defeated Colby in a dramat¬ 
ic white-knuckle battle this past 
Saturday 17-14 and improved 
their record to 1 and 1. 

During an extremely windy 
day, and in a game dominated by 
field position, the Panthers were 
able to call upon their seasoned 
veterans as well as some new faces 
to knock-off a talented Colby 
team. The first quarter began 
with both teams trading punts 
and there was little action until a 
big defensive play by the Panthers 
yielded a spark that seemed to 
start a fire under the Panthers’ 
bellies. Tri-Captain Romulo Braga 

’03 made an outstanding play to 
deflect a Colby pass and co-de¬ 
fender and high school teammate 
Wills Allen ’03, in his best Super¬ 
man impression, dove through the 
air to intercept the ball. 

Smelling blood, the Panthers 
drove the ball down field on the 
shoulders of running back 
William Lazzaro ’03 who finished 
off the drive from 10-yards out. 
Lazzaro had a monster game — 
running the ball 33 times for 155 
yards — the effort earned him the 
NESCAC player of the week and a 
career high in both yards and at¬ 

On the next Middlebury pos¬ 
session, which took just one play, 
quarterback Jim Muhlfeld ’04, 
who was seeing his first action of 
the season because of an injury to 
starter Michael Keenan ’05, hit 
wide-out Denver Smith ’03 across 
the middle for a 54-yard strike. 
The quarter ended with the Pan¬ 
thers leading 14-0 and seemingly 
in control. 

Unfortunately, the Panthers de¬ 
fense was unable to stop Colby’s 
air attack and it yielded two scores 
in the second quarter. Soon a 
sense of deja vu haunted Middle¬ 
bury as it once again let a two- 
touchdown lead vanish. “During 
halftime, we knew that we had to 
fix the mistakes that were killing 
us in the first half. We needed to 
(see Field Goal , page 30) 


Staff Writer 

The Middlebury Panther golf 
team rallied from a nine-stroke 
deficit on Sunday to win the New 
England Small School Athletic 
Championship. The host team 
shot a splendid 301 on day two at 
the Ralph Myhre Golf Course to 

NESCAC Golf Championship 

Saturday - Sunday, Sept. 28-29 








Day 1 Day 2 

Damon Gacicia 



Brad Tufts 



Ryan Simper 



Chuck Clement 



Ryan Birtwell 



capture its second NESCAC title 
in four years. 

The five-man combination of 
Damon Gacicia ’02.5, Brad Tufts 
’03, Ryan Simper ’03, Chuck 
Clement ’04 and Ryan Birtwell ’04 
contributed to Middlebury’s low¬ 
est round of the season. The Pan¬ 
thers two-day total of 613 was one 
shot better than the Division III 
nationally ranked Ephs of 
Williams (614). The Panthers also 

shocked the Tufts Jumbos, who 
jumped out to an impressive 303 
on Saturday to lead the field. The 
stage was once again set for a dra¬ 
matic second day comeback by 
Middlebury, which is rivaled only 
by the US victory over Europe in 
the 2001 Ryder Cup. 

Leading Sunday’s charge was 
the veteran leadership of Gacicia 
and Tufts, who shot 74 and 72, re¬ 
spectively. Middlebury’s other two 
scores came from Simper with a 
76, and Clement with a 79. The 
Panthers’ team effort pushed them 
into the winner’s circle ahead of 
the nine other NESCAC schools. 
Individually, Gacicia finished sec¬ 
ond by only three strokes to Brian 
Williams of Hamilton who shot a 
145. Right behind Gacicia was 
Tufts with a combined tourna¬ 
ment score of 149, joining Gacicia 
on the prestigious All-NESCAC 
first team. Placing on the All- 
NESCAC second team was Simper 
who finished tenth out of the 50- 
man field. Simper commented on 
the huge victory, “It felt really 
good to win this one, especially 
since it’s the fourth and last go- 
around for Damon, Brad and my¬ 
self. Coming from behind was a 
great way to finish it up, especially 
being behind Williams and fairly 
far behind Tufts after day one. We 
knew we had a chance if we could 

just get four decent scores on the 
board, and we did just that.” 

The 2000 NESCAC Champion 
Dave Greiner ’03, not playing this 
weekend due to early retirement, 
was out to cheer the team on Sun¬ 
day afternoon along with a crowd 
that rivaled a Middlebury-Platts- 
burgh hockey game. Greiner 
commented, “The boys really did 
it this time, coming back from 
nine strokes, which was reminis¬ 
cent of the glory days of Middle¬ 
bury golf during the George Phin- 
ney era.” 

After seeing the first round re¬ 
sults, Greiner fired off a few early 
morning phone calls to encourage 
the boys, and in his own words, 
“played a little techno music for 
Damon to get him fired up for an¬ 
other good round and that’s all it 
took. I called it two weeks ago that 
they would win, and now all they 
need to do is take home the New 
England’s to wrap up the finest se¬ 
mester of golf us fans have seen in 

Simper really summed up the 
Panther’s victory by adding, “This 
tournament was won as a team ef¬ 
fort, and that makes it all that 
much more sweet.” The team will 
rest up this weekend before re¬ 
turning to action next Tuesday, 
Oct. 8 for the Goss Invitational 
hosted at Vermont National. 

Women’s Tennis Slips Past Wesleyan 


Staff Writer 

Last weekend, the women’s ten¬ 
nis team had its first taste of ad¬ 
versity on the heels of yet anoth¬ 
er sweet victory. After defeating 
both Skidmore and Union 8-1, 
the Panthers were prepared for 
battle with New England Small 
College Athletic Conference 
(NESCAC) rivals Wesleyan and 
Tufts. In the spring of 2001, Mid¬ 
dlebury faced these teams twice, 
winning one match against each 
school. With last season in mind, 
the Panthers knew this road trip 
was a true test of ability as well as 
their mental toughness. 

Against Wesleyan, the Panthers 
showed remarkable grit and de¬ 
termination. Jeannie McIntosh 
’05 (6-1, 6-2) and Lindsay Free¬ 
man ’05 (6-2,6-1) were victorious 
in the number five and six singles 
positions, respectively. Middle¬ 
bury was also very successful in 
doubles, winning two out of three 
matches. The pair of Ariella 
Neville ’03 and Kristin Baker ’04 
won 8-5, and McIntosh and Free¬ 
man posted an 8-4 victory. 
Kristin Baker’s three set singles 
match (4-6, 6-2, 6-2) was the de¬ 
ciding factor in Middlebury’s 5-4 
win. Freeman commented,“Wes¬ 
leyan was the first really strong 
team we’ve faced this season. The 
competition was tight, and it 
came down to Baker’s three-set 
match, but this win was really a 
complete team effort. We set out 
to beat [Wesleyan], and we stayed 
focused throughout the entire 

The following day, the Panthers 

traveled to Boston to take on the 
undefeated Jumbos of Tufts Uni¬ 
versity. Tufts won every match; 
making them 24-0 in singles play 
with a 9-0 overall record, having 
already defeated Colby College, 
Bates College and Smith College 

this season. Freeman reflected, 
“Tufts is one of the best teams in 
the NESCAC. We put up a really 
good fight, and the matches were 
much closer than the score re¬ 
veals.” The Panthers may not have 
(see Panthers , page 29) 

Duking it out 

Louisa Conrad 

Participating in an intramural soccer matchup, two players lunge for 
the ball on a sunny afternoon last week.